New England Lions captain Root to call Vaughan for advice

Updated: May 05, 2013, 10:15 AM IST

London: Newly appointed captain of the second-tier England Lions, Joe Root has said that he may have to consult former skipper Michael Vaughan for advice on leading the team.

The young Root has little captaincy experience at any level but will lead an England second string including half-a-dozen Test caps in a four-day match against New Zealand at Leicester starting on Wednesday.

Stating that he may call up Vaughan to ask him about being a captain, Root said that he is looking forward to leading the team, adding that he hoped that along with Vaughan, the other experienced players in the national team would also help him out if they feel that he needs advice.

Although Root, who has been in a good form in the county circuit, said that he had not thought about being a captain before, he added that the selectors had been probably considering him for the job since last winter.

According to Root, even though he is feeling excited at the opportunity to lead the Lions, he however, said that his luck can change any time for which it is necessary for him to score and make as many runs as possible.

Root further said that he has been working hard to get the skills needed for every situation so that he can apply them while playing and lead his team to a successful finish.

Former Yorkshire batsman Vaughan had similarly limited leadership credentials when he succeeded Nasser Hussain at full international level in 2003, and Root`s accolade underlines how highly he is rated by the England management.