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Root has now established himself as one of the finest batsman in the world and will get the opportunity to succeed Cook by leading England out for the very first time as Test captain in the Test against South Africa on July 6 at Lord's.

Cook will open up at Lord's feeling liberated without having to worry about the captaincy and can purely focus on doing what he does best - piling on the runs. He'll really thrive off the extra responsibility.

"I got through the Lord's final with no problems and bowled on Wednesday and Friday before that with no pain", said Broad.

Unsurprisingly it's Root (Price Boosted to 3/1 from 5/2) and his predecessor Alastair Cook (3/1) vying for favouritism in the top England first innings runscorer market and it's not hard to see why.

Besides winning both this summer's series, Root will be desperate to ensure that he continues to score the runs that have been his hallmark since bursting into the team in 2012. However, former England skipper Nasser Hussain believes that the absence of de Villiers will hurt the Proteas in the upcoming series.

He struggled against the pace attacks of New Zealand and Australia in 2015 and was dropped after two Ashes Tests, before earning his place back a year ago. Durham's Mark Wood will take the role of the third seamer ahead of Toby Roland-Jones who wasn't provided with the opportunity of making his Test debut in his home ground (Lord's).

Almost four months after being appointed as England captain, after Alastair Cook stepped down from the post following series defeat to India, Root will end his long wait to lead the side.

With Dale Steyn a long-term absentee with a shoulder injury, the tourists will hope that Vernon Philander has fully recovered from the ankle injury that caused him to sit out the warm-up fixture against England Lions with an ankle injury.


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