Piers Morgan backs Joe Root to justify his role ahead of captaincy debut
Root will begin his captaincy stint today as England take on South Africa in the first Test at Lords.
by Soham Author
Published - Jul 6, 2017 2:33 pm | Updated - Jul 6, 2017 2:33 pm
Well-known British journalist Piers Morgan seems excited to see the England team step out on the field under new captain Joe Root. The 26-year-old Root is all set to captain the England squad for the first time and it is expected to be a real test for the highly talented batsman.
Root will begin his captaincy stint today as England take on South Africa in the first Test at Lords. Piers Morgan took to his official Twitter handle and expressed his feelings about the game. He wished Joe Root prior to his debut as the Test captain and has a lot of belief in the player who has matured a lot at a very young age. Morgan also termed Root as a complete package who is a great player with the capability of entertaining with the bat.
Morgan’s tweet read “Very excited about our new leader. Great player + entertainer + lashings of Yorkshire grit. Good luck @root66!”.
Joe Root was appointed the England Test captain on February 13th, 2017 after Alastair Cook decided to step down from the role. Cook looked devastated after a humiliating defeat against India and it was time for him to hand over the armband. England is expected to have a positive and aggressive approach towards the game under Joe Root. However, Root is massively inexperienced when it comes to captaincy as he has only led his team in 4 first-class matches.
South Africa will also start their proceedings in the series under the captaincy of a new face, Dean Elgar. Elgar will lead the side in the absence of both Ab de Villiers and Faf du Plessis. Ab de Villiers has kept himself out of the Test series because he wants to extend his longevity in the shorter formats of the game. The decision is being considered as a ‘red flag’ to Test cricket by many cricketers.
On the other hand, Faf du Plessis is in South Africa to provide mental support to his wife Imari, who gave birth to their first child. The birth was said to be a difficult one and Du Plessis decided to extend his stay.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) July 6, 2017