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Joe Root tipped for England captaincy by Michael Vaughan

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan has revealed he believes young Yorkshireman Joe Root will skipper his country in the future, as the batsman prepares for his first Test match on home soil.

Root has impressed since being drafted into the senior international set-up; scoring 73 in his maiden Test innings against India during England's triumphant series on the sub-continent late last year.

The 22-year-old was retained for each of the three Tests in New Zealand that followed, and is set to play in Kevin Pietersen's vacant No.4 spot when the Black Caps visit Lord's for the return series this week.

Root was provided the opportunity to display his leadership credentials as the England Lions faced New Zealand in a tour match last week, and showed no signs of being burdened by captaincy with a fine knock of 179.

Vaughan has seen enough of Root in his fledgling career to become convinced he will eventually become captain in the senior set-up, and has urged the youngster to continue in the manner in which he has begun at international level.

"I can see him captaining England because he has everything," Vaughan told BBC Radio Leeds.

"The problem he has is the pressure and the expectation because sometimes it doesn't happen for you when you have that.

"He just has to be patient and stick to the values of what he's been doing over the last few weeks.

"It'll be trickier for him this week playing further down the order than he's used to but he's full of talent and the right attitude. That will always come through in time."

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