Root can be world’s best if gives up captaincy: Warne
Sharne Warne, the Australian legend, sees the potential in England batsman Joe Root to become the best batsman in the world. But for that, he must be freed from captaincy.
According to Warne, there’s just one obstacle on Root’s way to become the best batsman of this generation, and that is the burden of captaining England side and being under pressure all the time.
“If he (Root) totally 100 percent concentrates on his cricket, his batting and nothing else, then maybe we might see Joe Root become the best batsman in the world,” Warne said. “He’s got the talent to do it.”
So Warne is of the opinion that the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) should seriously consider replacing Joe Root with Jos Buttler as Test captain to allow Root to focus on his batting and becoming world’s best batsman.
Warne is currently promoting his biography ‘No Spin’. While doing the same, he faced the journalists in an open discussion with his book, cricket and beyond, and that’s where he stated that Root is England’s best player but would be disappointed with his conversion rate when it came to hundreds.
“He’d love to have more hundreds to be able to be spoken about in the same sentences as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith,” he said.
“Maybe England could think about their best player having the shackles off, not having the responsibility of captaincy, and give it to someone like Jos Buttler,” he added.
On the other hand, the Australian spin great said that he has the feeling Buttler would make a “very, very good” Test skipper. Warne has his previous experience of working with Buttler in his role as mentor for Indian Premier League team Rajasthan Royals and is convinced he has the credible Test leadership skills.
“I’ve worked with Jos a bit this year, and I think he’s someone who would make an excellent captain,” said Warne. “I really enjoyed working with him, I’d like to think I helped him out a little bit.”