Joe Root initially struggled to find his usual fluency against a disciplined South Africa pace attack but made them pay for the missed chances by the end of the day
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Joe Root says he feels excited by the prospect of finally leading England in a Test on the eve of the South Africa series opener at Lord's.
England vs South Africa: Joe Root set to make captaincy debut four months after replacing Alastair Cook
Root is less experienced than any of his 79 predecessors in the job, however, and Thursday will only be the fifth time he has captained a first-class side.
England vs South Africa: Gary Ballance earns recall for first Test 'to add maturity and experience' in hosts squad
England have recalled batsman Gary Ballance for the first test against South Africa at Lord's on Thursday with the hosts also naming Middlesex pace bowler Toby Roland-Jones as the only uncapped player in the squad.
"Gary Ballance could play his first Test since October," said England national selector James Whitaker.
Root has played six Tests against India, that one on debut and five more in the summer of 2014, and had a great deal of success against them.
India vs England: In Haseeb Hameed, visitors have a solid, long-term prospect at the top of the order
Haseeb Hameed is wise beyond his years and knows that his tight, technical game is what got him selected for this tour. Don't expect him slashing the ball over third man if he does make his Test debut in India.
There is no doubt that Ballance is a batsman of rare talent, but just as when England kept picking him when he was struggling at last year’s World Cup, doing so again is unfair on everyone, Ballance in particular.
Sohail Khan marked his return to Test cricket after a five-year absence with a maiden five-wicket haul as Pakistan dismissed England for 297 on the first day of the third Test at Edgbaston.
England skipper Alastair Cook blamed his team's batsmen for their 75-run defeat at the hands of Pakistan in the first Test at Lord’s.
Nasser Hussain said he would have picked in-form wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler over Gary Ballance for England's first Test against Pakistan at Lord's.
Gary Ballance admitted being pleasantly surprised by his return the side for the first Test, a news that reached him while he was busy grocery shopping.
Gary Ballance's fourth test century made up for his miserable World Cup as he spearheaded England's victory bid on the fourth day of the first test against West Indies in Antigua on Thursday.
England's under-fire captain Eoin Morgan dodged questions on whether changes would be made for the Bangladesh game on Monday.
Full transcript of England captain Eoin Morgan's press conference after their win over Scotland.
England made all the right noises about taking the World Cup seriously. That hasn’t stopped them being as primed for these matches as a damp firework.
Eoin Morgan has replaced the out-of-form Alastair Cook as England's World Cup captain, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced on Saturday.
Former England captain Geoffrey Boycott has slammed the Indian team for their pathetic display with both bat and ball in the humiliating 1-3 Test series loss to England and said the batsmen were like "lambs to the slaughter".