England fast bowler Stuart Broad believes that if there is one man fit for the England Test captain job, it is Joe Root. Since the time, Alastair Cook stepped down as England Test captain after leading the side in 59 Tests, it was speculated that Root will become the next skipper.
However, talking to BBC Sport two days back, England cricket’s director Andrew Strauss had said that everyone had an equal chance of getting the responsibility and with everyone, he hinted at Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Stuart Broad whom he met the same day to discuss the matter.
Broad, in his latest column for the Mail, has written why Root is the best man for the job.
He writes, “I can’t imagine a scenario where a professional sportsman would turn down the chance to captain their country if the offer was made, and I’m no different.”
“But for me, it feels time for the next generation to be given that responsibility. I’m more than happy to be a strong senior player who helps guide that evolution.”
Broad added to this that England requires a young leader to lead them in the Tests. He wrote:
“For me, in the best interests of the team in the medium and long term, I believe a younger modern-day captain is the way to go. Joe Root looks like just the man for the job for me. He’s not had a lot of captaincy experience so he will have to learn on the job, but he wouldn’t be the first England captain to have to do that.”
Broad further wrote that Root has played all the formats and has done immensely well and that serves the purpose well for him.
Root is just 25 and has many records in his bag already. With captaincy, an added burden will be there on his shoulders but some players are made to relish these burdens. Virat Kohli has been doing it for India, Steve Smith for Australia and Kane Williamson for New Zealand. All these three players have been excellent both as player and captain. There is no reason why Root cannot do the same for England.