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Joe Root is ‘obvious candidate’ for England captaincy says James Anderson

Joe Root is the “obvious candidate” to be named as England Test captain – but the role must not affect his batting, says pace bowler James Anderson.

Batsman Root is the favourite to take over from Alastair Cook, who stepped down on Monday after a record 59 Tests. The Yorkshire player had been Test vice-captain to Cook since May 2015.

“Root is fairly quiet but he has got that fire in his belly. He’s a really impressive young man,” Anderson told The Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show. Should he be named captain aged 26, Root would be a year younger than Cook was when he took on the Test role on a full-time basis in August 2012.

No batsman has scored more Test runs than Root’s 4,594 since he made his debut on 13 December 2012, and only India captain Virat Kohli (8,536) has scored more runs than Root’s 8,469 in all three forms of international cricket.