Nasser Hussain is highly critical of Joe Root’s captaincy style against India
Hussain also talked about an incident when Root walked up to Broad to have a discussion.
Updated - Sep 1, 2018 11:28 am
Joe Root was appointed as the skipper of the English Test team back in July 2017 in England’s series against South Africa. He has had a reasonable record as the leader ever since with eight victories in 19 matches. The Yorkshire-born cricketer is currently leading the national team in the five-match Test series against India, in which the home team is 2-1 up in the series.
However, despite his impressive numbers in the longest format, the 27-year-old has had his travails as the captain owing to the presence of senior members. In the meantime, Nasser Hussain, the former English cricketer, believes that Root, at times, strains to control the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson, both of whom prefers to set their own field while bowling.
“When he’s (Root) not at mid-off, Anderson, and Broad absolutely rule the roost. They set the field, they do everything. They don’t want any input from the captain who’s at second slip,” Hussain was quoted as saying in Fox Sports.
I’d actually like to see more of that from Joe Root
During the ongoing fourth Test at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Root was seen a tad agitated when Broad tried to alter the field positions. Hussain mentioned that he wants Root to show the approach more frequently.
“That’s the first time I’ve seen Joe Root get cross on a cricket field with his senior bowlers. I’d actually like to see more of that from Joe Root,” he remarked.
Hussain also talked about an incident when Root walked up to Broad to have a discussion and James Anderson, despite not being called, joined in from mid-on. It dissatisfied Root to some extent and he clearly asked them to do their job and let him do his.
“Jimmy Anderson wants to come in, he wants to be involved in the discussion. Joe Root’s saying ‘look, I’ll come, I’m in charge, I set the field. You just bowl.
I think that’s why Root at times likes to go to mid-off because he wants to constantly be in Broad and Anderson’s ear,” the cricketer turned commentator added.