Stuart Broad feels Joe Root is the ideal replacement for Alastair Cook

Stuart Broad feels Joe Root is the ideal replacement for Alastair Cook

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English pacer Stuart Broad feels that Joe Root is the man for him to take over the Test captaincy from Alastair Cook after the latter resigned from his post very recently. Root, Broad and all-rounder Ben Stokes are cited to be the frontrunners to replace Cook but Broad feels going into the future, Root might be the ideal replacement being a youngster. Despite this statement, Broad reiterated his comment earlier that he would never reject if English and Wales Cricket Board offered him the captaincy instead.

“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,” Broad was quoted as saying in his column for the Mail on Sunday. “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,” he further added.

He also said that despite not having the experience of captaincy, Root will be the perfect man as many English cricketers without past experience in captaincy have shined in their roles. He felt that Root is the best player in the team and he has the capability to cope with the extra burden of captaincy.

“He’s played all three formats and coped really well and I don’t see why that would be affected by the captaincy. Yes, you have to attend more meetings and you’re involved in more conversations about injuries, form and players’ welfare. But that shouldn’t be a reason to miss certain games I wouldn’t have thought,” Broad concluded.

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Cook resigned from Test captaincy after England’s lacklustre performance in the longest format of the game of late. After drawing the 4 match series against Pakistan 2-2 at home, they went on to lose their first test against Bangladesh and followed that with a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of the No.1 Test team in the world, India.