London, Sep 18(ANI): Young Yorkshire opener Joe Root is set to be confirmed as the likeliest long-term successor to former captain Andrew Strauss at the top of the order for their all important tour to India.
The 21-year-old Root, who started his career at the same Sheffield club as Michael Vaughan, was named by the Cricket Writers' Club as the 64th winner of the Young Cricketer of the Year award on Monday.
Root dropped a naive clue in his acceptance speech that it will not be the last recognition he receives this week.
While the appointment of Alastair Cook to take over as the captain in Test as well as one-day cricket following Strauss's retirement was a formality, there has been much more surmises about who would replace the former captain as Cook's opening partner in India.
According to the Guardian, Michael Carberry, Nick Compton and Varun Chopra are the other proposed contenders from the county circuit.
However, England also has the option of promoting Jonathan Trott or Ian Bell to partner Cook in the opening order, but any such move is expected to weak their middle-order.
Root has been regarded as the coming man for a while, having been selected regularly for the England Lions, and having worked especially closely with Graham Thorpe. He has had a solid season playing Division Two cricket with Yorkshire.
But the India tour, while a daunting challenge in many ways, could be seen as a good opportunity to expose a young opener ahead of the back-to-back Ashes series that lie ahead in 2012-13. (ANI)