Ben Stokes is being considered as the plain candidate to exchange Joe Root as England captain, after the prolific run-scorer known as stumps on his tenure within the position.
For months, even perhaps years, questions over Root’s tactical nous have plagued his captaincy reign.
On Good Friday, Root put them to mattress as he resigned following the catastrophe within the Caribbean. He led England to probably the most wins as an English captain, but additionally probably the most defeats.
But not like years passed by, there isn’t a pure successor, notably given hardly an English soul will be considered as a lock in an XI.
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Stokes, whose spellbinding 2019 marketing campaign continues to be recent within the thoughts, has the extraordinary all-rounder considered as the plain – and solely – candidate to exchange his shut good friend Root.
“There is only one person that should take over the Test team now and that is Ben Stokes,” former Ashes-winning skipper Michael Vaughan wrote in The Telegraph.
“When someone takes over the mantle, you have got no idea what they will be like.
“But he’s got a great cricket brain – you can see that when he bats. And his will to win is incredible.”
There are two questions being raised about whether or not Stokes, 30, ought to take over as captain.
The first is whether or not an all-rounder, any person as influential as Stokes, ought to have the added tasks.
The tenures of Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff have been mentioned, with neither having profitable spells as captain.
Flintoff, who starred throughout the drought-breaking 2005 sequence, was a shadow of himself 18 months later as he tried in vein to guide England Down Under throughout their 5-0 thrashing.
The second concern is over Stokes’ headspace.
The New Zealand-born all-rounder was no certainty to tour Australia final summer season as he battled a hand damage and his personal head noise.
For Nasser Hussain, who led England on their Ashes tour of 2002-03, he too believes Stokes is the plain man, however would first sit down with the follow-me chief and set up what psychological state he’s in.
“For me the obvious candidate is Ben Stokes,” Hussain instructed Sky Sports.
“People say, ‘Oh, Ben Stokes’, do you know what happened to Flintoff and Botham? Ben Stokes is not Flintoff and he’s not Botham, don’t judge him by how other people have done.”
“The difficult thing for Stokes is the point I made about the toll it takes on you as a captain. You have to be in the right place mentally and physically.
“Obviously, Ben’s been through some issues mentally off the field of late, and if I was the new managing director of cricket, the very first journey I would be making would be to go and have a cup of coffee with Ben and ask him where he is with his game, with his life away from his game to make sure he’s in the right place.
“From what I see, the players hang on every word Stokes says in that dressing room. He doesn’t even have to say anything, and they look in his direction to see his reaction. He’s so well respected in that dressing room and Root would love playing under Stokes. Root is the sort of guy would play under anyone, but Root would give his everything for Stokes.”
Mike Atherton, one other of cricket’s most revered voices and a former long-serving England skipper, too believed Stokes was the pure candidate.
“You’ve got to pick somebody who is worth his place in the side,” Atherton instructed Sky Sports.
“I think the days are long gone where you could have a Mike Brearley-type figure, who wouldn’t necessarily be a first-choice pick. Just because of the scrutiny, you need to be worth your place in the side, so Ben Stokes is the obvious candidate.”
And whereas veteran fast Stuart Broad is being quietly spoken about as a short-term possibility, the 35-year-old was missed for the tour of the West Indies.
Even nonetheless, Broad’s tactical nous and expertise may see him as a short-term possibility ought to England try to work out who may come by at a County stage.
England may additionally have a look at Pat Cummins’ ascension to the Australian captaincy, a transfer which has paid off following consecutive sequence victories.
“If Stokes is not in the right place, then short-term Stuart Broad has an excellent cricket brain, is a real fighter, a real competitor, and he’s got a point to prove after what’s happened in the last few months and we know what Broad is like when he’s got a point to prove,” Hussain wrote.
“Pat Cummins has led Australia as a bowler brilliantly, so in the short term, I can see Broad doing a similar thing.”
The similar Cummins precept will be utilized to Stokes’ lack of captaincy expertise.
“Look at Pat Cummins with Australia. He has just been a natural. He has looked as good a leader as I have seen within the first six months of doing the job – they have won the Ashes and a series in Pakistan. Cummins has also shown that bowlers can be captains.”