Ben Stokes should replace Joe Root as England’s test captain, says Brad Haddin: 2021 has been a mixed year for England’s Test captain Joe Root. On one side, he has been a massive success for England as the test batsman, having scored mammoth over 1600 runs in the calendar year, while the other side, which apparently is his test captaincy, has remained dismal throughout the year.
Root’s captaincy hasn’t delighted anyone. He has been called out several times for taking poor decisions, especially during the ongoing Ashes 2021-22.
England under Joe Root’s captaincy lost to India in India, lost to New Zealand in England, lost to India in England and is on the verge of losing the all-important Ashes 2021-22 after getting beaten the first two matches against Australia.
The cricket fraternity has even voiced to sack Joe Root from the test captaincy and appoint a brand new skipper in Ben Stokes, who seems tactically more correct and accurate than his teammate.
The same has been said by former Australian stumper-batsman Brad Haddin, “Stokes tactically is the best captain.”
“What they did really well tactically was the fourth morning. Who was off [the field]? Joe Root. Ben Stokes took over and it just looked a lot calmer. He had a plan, the bowlers bowled fuller, he had catching midwickets and short covers. They bowled at the stumps and they challenged Australia. They took four wickets for, I think, under 20 runs and they put Australia under pressure,” said Hayden on Triple M Cricket.
“Root came back on and it all went downhill again. So, to me something’s not quite right. I think Ben Stokes tactically is the best captain. If you look at the first two Test matches, they haven’t got it right,” he added.
Our bowlers need to bowl a bit more fuller:
Moreover, the cricket fraternity has bashed Joe Root for putting all the blame for losing the Day/Night test match on bowlers.
Root after losing the match by a massive 275 runs said that the bowlers didn’t bowl the right areas.
“He [Root] is involved in the selection committee with the coach and the coach has come out and said ‘we’ve picked the right teams’. The bowling coach said, “you haven’t picked the right teams” and then Joe Root said, “you’re not bowling the right lengths,” said Brad Haddin.
Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting has also slammed Root for his blunt statement on the failure of his bowling unit.
Ponting criticised the English skipper for asserting his bowlers needs to be a bit braver, and said, “I nearly fell off my seat when I heard that. Whose job is it then to make them [bowlers] change? Why are you captain then? If you can’t influence your bowlers on what length to bowl, what are you doing on the field?”