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5 Players who could replace Joe Root as England’s Test Captain

5 Players who could replace Joe Root as England’s Test Captain

Starting his cricketing career at the age of 17 with Yorkshire Second Team, Joe Root was already showing signs of becoming the next Michael Vaughan in terms of style and temperament. Originally an opening right hand batsman he was then shifted to the middle order where he played and proved his worth. His international debut happened in 2012 in India at the Test Series. He also made his T20 and ODI debuts in the same year. He also scored his maiden Test century during his debut. An avid cricket lover, his style and mannerism that are similar to Vaughan can be attributed to his choice of Collegiate, the Sheffield Collegiate CC. being the eldest child, Root got into the King Ecgbert School, Sheffield on a cricket scholarship when he was 15. His batting order changed with the 2012 India Test Series where he batted at 6th rather than 1st. finishing the series with 93 runs, his run record helped England cement their win in India.

While he is one of the greatest batsman and skipper England has got, and his run rate is one of the greatest assets of England’s Test Team, the Ashes loss showed how much the job of a skipper is affecting his abilities as a player. From having a batting average of 48, he deteriorates to 30.87 as he scored 247 in the 4 matches. While this is a phenomenal score as only 4 other players have a better score than his, it is way below par when compared to the capability of Root as a batsman. The call to remove him from captaincy is strong and voiced by many former players but this is not because they doubt his capabilities. Rather it is keeping in mind that relieving him from the added duties of a skipper (which is way tougher than it sounds) he will be able to shine brighter. As Warne has said that Root should be allowed to focus on his game and become the greatest batsman in cricketing history.

5 Players who could become the next Test Captain of England Cricket Team After Joe Root

  • Ben Stokes: The English heartbeat and all-rounder is the first choice when it comes to finding a suitable replacement for Root as Test Team Captain. In fact he is praised and appreciated by Root and the outgoing coach Trevor Bayliss to be an inspiration and a unique player who is difficult to replace. Already Stokes is the Vice-Captain of the Test Team and each and every player respects his decisions but being an all-rounder Stokes has too much to worry about. Taking on a captaincy might ruin his player stats causing him to burn out like Root. While a captain’s hold on the team is crucial, chances are that Ben might not be able to handle the pressure and England cannot miss out on a fine batsman.
  • Stuart Broad: The 33 year old fast–medium bowler not only has more experience but also has been the captain for the T20 and ODI. He is, in fact, the second highest wicket taker in Test cricket in the history of England’s cricket. His experience is reflected in his capacity to think and form judgments that is critical for a good cricketer. While he has many positive pointers in his favor like a great temperament for big matches and a senior player, being a bowler is the only drawback for him. Traditionally, and history has proven it, bowlers does not make great captains and his form is to be taken in consideration too. Yet chances are he can be taken up to be Joe’s replacement with his demonstration of new tricks over summer.
  • Jos Buttler: Another popular choice for the Test Team captaincy, Buttler is recommended even by Shane Warne. This faith over the right hand batsman and wicket keeper is not unfounded as Warne has trained Jos for the IPL (he plays for the Rajasthan Royal and has Warne as mentor) and is massively impressed by his form and capabilities.  Jos also demonstrates a good brain for cricket which is a boon for any captain.  While he is another fit contender for the skipper post, Buttler too has an awful lot on his shoulders at the moment.
  • James Anderson: Hailed as Root’s trump card, the star wicket taker who is one of the strongest voices in favor of Joe Root’s continuation as the Test Captain despite the Ashes loss and criticism from some top notch players. The 37 year old player was recently injured and faced skepticism with regard to his performance as he missed out the Ashes but the team and the captain never doubts his capabilities.
  • Jonny Bairstow: England’s favorite wicket – keeper and right hand batsman was part of the 2019 winning world Cup squad. The 26 year old has already set a record in 2016 of the most disposals. He even set a record as a wicket keeping batsman to score the most runs. The only thing that can go against him is his age.

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