The Ashes: Ben Stokes dismisses captaincy talk and backs Joe Root and Chris Silverwood to remain in England roles | Cricket News

Joe Root is set to become the longest-serving test skipper in the country’s history when he rode England to Sydney on Wednesday; Root and coach Chris Silverwood came under criticism after another unsuccessful Ashes campaign; Ben Stokes dismisses the talk of replacing Root as captain

Last updated: 02/01/22 21:10

Deputy Captain Ben Stokes supported Captain Joe Root to continue in the role despite England’s defeat in The Ashes

Ben Stokes distanced himself from his role as England captain, insisting that Joe Root and manager Chris Silverwood retain the team’s full support following their defeat in Australia at The Ashes.

When Root leads the team in Sydney on Wednesday, he will become the longest-serving test skipper in the country’s history, surpassing predecessor Sir Alastair Cook’s previous record of 59 games.

But any sense of pride in this achievement will be tempered by the fact that, for the third time, he just ran an unsuccessful Ashes campaign.

After a 4-0 defeat in 2017/18 and a 2-2 home draw in 2019, he now finds his side 3-0 down and is simply hoping to avoid a hitch.

After four and a half years of work, it would hardly be classified as a radical move if Root or his employers decided it was time for a change.

Neither side has given any indication that they are going to pull the trigger on such a move and now Deputy Captain Stokes, the only obvious replacement, however, has distanced himself from any talk of succession planning.

He has already led the test team once, in a lost lawsuit against the West Indies when Root was at the birth of his second child, but he doesn’t want the role.

Former England hitter Mark Butcher considers possible Joe Root replacements should he resign as Test Captain

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Former England hitter Mark Butcher considers possible replacements for Joe Root should he resign as Test Captain

Former England hitter Mark Butcher considers possible replacements for Joe Root should he resign as Test Captain

“I never had the ambition to be a captain,” he said, facing speculation.

“Captaincy is more than setting the fields, choosing the team, making decisions out there in the middle. A captain is someone you want to go out and play for. Joe Root is someone I always want to play for.

“It’s totally Joe’s decision. He shouldn’t have to. I’m sure Cooky felt the same way. He’s been doing it for so long and when he knew his time was up, his time was up. Those discussions have ‘I haven’t gotten anywhere near Joe yet.

“I don’t feel it at all with Joe. He took this team very far. He did some great things. Obviously this series hasn’t gone too well, not from the captain’s point of view, but from a team and results point of view.”

Stokes also used his notable position of influence to solidify the position of head coach Chris Silverwood. There’s a sense he’s a more likely scapegoat than Root when the autopsy concludes, but Stokes has gone to great lengths to counter that narrative.

“Unfortunately, the captain and the manager put up with the scrutiny for (results), but there are 10 other guys out there on the pitch,” he said.

“This is the job (of the media) to say, ‘Should people resign?’ At the end of the day, the opinions of the most important people are those of the guys in the locker room and they have our full support.

“Chris Silverwood, exactly the same. He’s a true player coach. He defends you as individuals and also as players. All the media hype about their future recently, it’s your job to write it down, but they know full well they have everyone’s support there. inside and that’s all that matters. “

If Root and Silverwood leave, who replaces them?

by David Ruse

Joe Root’s golden year was also England’s worst.

The England captain was outstanding with the bat in 2021 – racking up 1,708 points with an average of 61 – but the rest of his team weren’t, and it’s one of the main reasons he fell to a record nine defeats. in the five-day arena, corresponding to Bangladesh’s loss tally in 2003.

Root scored 1,178 points more than second-highest scorer, Rory Burns (530). The fact that England’s third-ranked shooter was “extra” gives a clear insight into the batting difficulties they experienced. As well as the record 54 test ducks they bagged, a number that matched their number of zeros since 1998.

It meant that for all of Root’s successes with the blade – six centuries, two of them double, the third highest return ever for a test hitter in a calendar year – he has now suffered the most losses as England captain. Test, with Yorkshireman up to 24 defeats in 59 games.

Root overtook David Gower (18), Michael Atherton (21) and Sir Alastair Cook (22) during his team’s annus horribilis to become England’s most beaten test skipper, but is also the most successful, having passed Michael Vaughan’s 26 wins when his team beat India in Leeds in August.


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