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'If I knocked him out, I'd have lost my job' – the making of captain Root

Joe Root
First Investec Test, England v South Africa
Venue: Lord’s Dates: 6-10 July Start: 11:00 BST
Coverage: Ball-by-ball Test Match Special commentary on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, Radio 4 LW, BBC Sport app and online; live text commentary and in-play video clips on BBC Sport website & app
Listen to a preview of the first Test on BBC Radio 5 live’s Tuffers and Vaughan Cricket Show at 21:00 BST on Monday, 3 July

On Thursday, Joseph Edward Root will walk out at Lord’s to toss the coin as the 80th man to captain England in Test cricket.

Tipped for the top job long before Alastair Cook resigned in February, a quirk of the fixture list has meant a five-month wait for Root to lead his country against South Africa.

The 26-year-old is a prolific run-scorer, a proud Yorkshireman and a new father – that much we know.