Not a natural leader, admits Root ahead of captaincy debut

England Test skipper Joe Root, who will be beginning his captaincy career with the four-match series against South Africa, has admitted of not being a natural leader.

Root took over as England captain after Cook, who led the side for a record 59 Tests, stepped down from the post following his side's humiliating 0-4 defeat at the hands of India in the five-match series.

"I wouldn't say I'm necessarily a natural leader but becoming more senior within the side and being vice-captain over the last few years will definitely help in that respect," Root said.

While Root, who has now become England's batting mainstay, is also keen to possess the grit of former skipper Nasser Hussain and the positive leadership of Michael Vaughan.

"A balance of those two and someone like Mike Brearley... the way he was able to manage so many big characters, all in one dressing room, and get the best out of them, turn a series around against Australia (in 1981)..." he said.

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