England announce starting XI for opening Test against South Africa

Root playing a shot on the fourth day of their third cricket test match against India in Mohali India. The prospect of both teams being under new captains adds extra intrigue _ and a sligh

Overall, I'm very confident that England will justify their favourites' tag against South Africa in both this first Test at 10/11 and indeed the four-match series at 1/2.

The wait is finally over for England's return to Test action and I believe with new captain Joe Root at the helm there's plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the summer series with South Africa, which starts at Lord's.

For all the positivity surrounding his coronation in February, when he was hailed as the only credible candidate to succeed Alastair Cook, Root's first squad has received a mixed reception, with doubts over whether it will deliver the "bold and brave" brand of cricket demanded by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).

Instead, Root risks uncorking what some predict may be a rather a boring vintage by insisting on the recall of his Yorkshire team-mate Gary Ballance, who has been twice discarded as sub-standard, instead of Middlesex's Dawid Malan or the promising Surrey opener Mark Stoneman.

Root, however, can go better than the usual 1-1 or 2-1 results if he makes his captaincy resemble every other aspect of his game.

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"I spoke to a few of the players, ex-captains as well, and it was nice to pick their brains to see what they went through in their tenure, to get prepared for what is around the corner".

The 27-year-old all-rounder made his England debut against India in Chennai last December and joins Worcestershire's Moeen Ali in an England team which will feature two spinners in a Lord's Test for the first time since 1993.

'I am sure he is desperate to make his mark and to establish himself once again in the team.

However, he played in Nottinghamshire's One-Day Cup final win over Surrey at Lord's last Saturday, bowling nine overs with no adverse reaction. "I knew it was rubbish".

Opener Cook, who retains his place, is back in the ranks for the first time since 2012. "It was great to have the intensity of a Lord's final, to play in it but also to put my body to the test".

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