How Twitter reacted to Joe Root's appointment as England Test captain

13 Feb 2017 14:24

England announced Joe Root as their new Test captain on Monday morning.

Yorkshire batsman Root succeeds Alastair Cook, who resigned last week after his record 59-match tenure, with Ben Stokes named vice-captain.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at how Twitter reacted to the news.

"Get the feeling it's going to be a very proud day for @SheffieldColCC today .... !! Proud of you @root66" - Michael Vaughan passes on his best wishes to his fellow Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club alumni.

"I bring you the New England Cricket Captain .... #Root" - Vaughan, again, who posted this caption alongside a photo of a cherubic Root flexing his muscles in a Superman jumper.

"Roooooooot!!" - Team-mate Moeen Ali sums up his thoughts on the announcement in one word, along with two thumbs-up emojis.

"Hardly a surprise, but massive congrats @root66" - Women's counterpart Heather Knight acknowledges the announcement of the worst-kept secret in English cricket.

"Wishing @root66 all the success in the world! Wonderful player & a lovely guy!" - Mercurial former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

"Congratulations @root66 on being made @englandcricket Test Captain. Well deserved and I wish you all the luck in the world. #captainroot" - Former England wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior.

"Now watch his batting kick on ......" - Former England player and coach David 'Bumble' Lloyd when it was put to him that Root's batting would suffer.

"Let's salute the new era!! Congrats to Captain @root66 and VC @benstokes38 , massively exciting times ahead!!!!" - Former Lancashire and England batsman Neil Fairbrother, who now works as director of cricket at ISM, the management company which looks after Root and Stokes.

"Congratulations and all the very best to @root66 the new Captain of England." - Former England footballer and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker.

"Wish @root66 the best of luck with his @englandcricket Test captaincy. Keep leading by example and you'll do just great #winningmindset" - Kate Richardson-Walsh, who captained Great Britain's women's hockey team to gold at Rio 2016, offers her advice.