How does Joe Root measure up with the eight other current Test skippers?

13 Feb 2017 13:39

Joe Root has been appointed England Test captain.

Here, Press Association Sport's Tom White compares Root's record to the eight other current Test skippers.

(Statistics reflect when the player was officially named his country's Test captain. Previous games as stand-in captain are noted where applicable).

England: JOE ROOT

Age when appointed: 26

Test appearances when appointed: 53

Previous captaincy experience: Four first-class games for Yorkshire; England vice-captain since 2015.

Record as permanent Test captain: N/A

Australia: STEVE SMITH

Age when appointed: 26

Test appearances when appointed: 33 (three as stand-in captain)

Previous captaincy experience: Three Tests deputising for Michael Clarke, two one-day internationals, one Twenty 20 international. Captained Sydney club Sutherland aged 19, led New South Wales to a Sheffield Shield final and was Australia 'A' vice-captain.

Record as permanent Test captain: Won 10, drawn 2, lost 5, batting average 69.04.

Bangladesh: MUSHFIQUR RAHIM

Age when appointed: 23

Test appearances when appointed: 24

Previous captaincy experience: Led Bangladesh Under-19 at the 2006 World Cup.

Record as permanent Test captain: W5, D9, L14, batting average 41.71.

India: VIRAT KOHLI

Age when appointed: 26

Test appearances when appointed: 32 (one as stand-in captain)

Previous captaincy experience: ODI vice captain since 2012, captained India U19 at 2008 World Cup and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League.

Record as permanent Test captain: W15, D6, L1, batting average 59.91.

New Zealand: KANE WILLIAMSON

Age when appointed: 25

Test appearances when appointed: 48

Previous captaincy experience: 19 ODIs, 17 T20Is; led New Zealand U19 at the 2008 World Cup.

Record as permanent Test captain: W6, D1, L3, batting average 55.00.

Pakistan: MISBAH-UL-HAQ

Age when appointed: 36

Test appearances when appointed: 19

Previous captaincy experience: One ODI, one T20I; captained Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited in Pakistani domestic cricket.

Record as permanent Test captain: W24, D11, L18, batting average 50.55.

South Africa: FAF DU PLESSIS

Age when appointed: 32

Test appearances when appointed: 34 (five as stand-in captain)

Previous captaincy experience: South Africa T20 captain since 2013, vice-captain in other formats.

Record as permanent Test captain: W3, D0, L0, batting average 49.75.

Sri Lanka: ANGELO MATHEWS

Age when appointed: 25

Test appearances when appointed: 31

Previous captaincy experience: Previously Sri Lanka vice-captain. T20 captain from October 2014, also led them in one ODI. Captained Sri Lanka at U15, U17 and U19 level, including at 2006 U19 World Cup.

Record as permanent Test captain: W13, D6, L15, batting average 50.94, bowling average 43.77.

West Indies: JASON HOLDER

Age when appointed: 23

Test appearances when appointed: 8

Previous captaincy experience: 12 ODIs, including leading West Indies to 2015 World Cup quarter-final. Was vice-captain of West Indies 'A'.

Record as permanent Test captain: W1, D3, L8, bowling average 47.00, batting average 24.76.