Joe Root tipped as future England cricket skipper
Joe Root is already earmarked as a "future England captain" in the Andrew Strauss era.
New England and Wales Cricket Board director Strauss has had to make a series of tough calls on personnel, and it seems rising star Root is set to be the foundation of his vision for the team in years to come.
Strauss oversaw the sacking of coach Peter Moores last weekend and then confirmed there will be no way back for maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen this Ashes summer.
Root's elevation to vice-captain under Alastair Cook, replacing Ian Bell, barely rose above the sub-text two days ago - such was the furore over the continued exile of Pietersen because of "massive trust issues".
Bell, nine years Root's senior and hoping to help win the Ashes for a fifth time this summer, has been assured it is not what he has done wrong but what the younger man is doing right.
"It wasn't about what's happened," said Bell, who has 108 Tests to his name. "Now he (Strauss) sees Rooty as a future England captain, and time to start giving him responsibility.
"It will be good for him to learn a few more of the things that are going on with Cooky, so he can be a good England captain one day."
Bell has enjoyed his role as vice-captain, but understands the reasons for change.
"I had a good conversation with Straussy about that," he said. "I said I was disappointed.
"We've got to start looking forward - and Joe Root is an England captain of the future, there's no doubt about that.
"We don't know when, but he's an England captain of the future."