Nasser Hussain: Ben Stokes Is the Obvious Choice to Lead the England Test Team. With England’s Test captaincy vacated by Joe Root, former skipper Nasser Hussain has backed all-rounder Ben Stokes to take over.
Former England Test captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain say star all-rounder Ben stokes has a “smart cricket brain” and is the “obvious” choice to replace Joe Root as England Test captain. Root stepped down as captain on Friday. Ending his five-year tenure in the wake of England’s 0-4 Ashes loss to Australia. and 0-1 series loss to the West Indies. I don’t see anyone else taking the position and being guaranteed a place in the team. Vaughan told the BBC.
Ben Stokes is someone who has a smart cricket brain: Nasser Hussain
“In Ben Stokes, you clearly have someone who has a smart cricket brain, he’s going to give it everything, and he’ll certainly have the respect of the players around him.”
Hussain, England’s captain from 1999 to 2003, has also backed Stokes to take over as Test captain.
“Ben Stokes is the obvious choice in my opinion. Stokes has done some incredible things as a cricketer and possesses a very sharp cricket mind. He demonstrated it in the World Cup final, he demonstrated it at Headingley… He demonstrated this when he took over from Joe Root on occasion “According to skysports.com, Hussain said.
“‘Oh, Ben Stokes,’ people say. ‘Do you know what happened to Flintoff and Botham?’ Ben Stokes is not Flintoff or Botham; don’t judge him based on what others have done.”
Stokes took a year off from cricket last year to focus on his mental health, and Hussain believes it is critical that he is in good mental health because captaincy can be taxing.
“If Stokes isn’t in the right place, Stuart Broad has an excellent cricket brain, is a real fighter, a real competitor, and he’s got a point to prove after what’s happened in the last few months, and we know what Broad is like when he has a point to prove.”
“Ben Stokes’ defining characteristic is loyalty, and he is very loyal to and good friends with Joe Root, his number two. He’ll feel a lot better about taking the job if it comes his way.”