Never had the ambition to be a captain - Stokes quashes captaincy speculation

Never had the ambition to be a captain – Stokes quashes captaincy speculation

Ben Stokes has stated that he has never had any ambition to be England’s Test captain on a permanent basis and that Joe Root and Chris Silverwood retain the “thorough support” of the squad.
 
Root enjoyed a sensational period with the bat in 2021, breaking England’s record for most runs in a calendar year, but has come under the scanner for his captaincy during the Ashes with Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Atherton, Ian Chappell and Ricky Ponting among his more high-profile critics.
 
Stokes, England’s designated vice-captain, led the Test team against West Indies in July 2020 when Root was on paternity leave and took the role of ODI captain against Pakistan last summer following a Covid-19 outbreak. He is widely recognized as the only alternative candidate to replace Root, but insisted that he had no intentions of doing so.
I love to play under Joe Root – Stokes backs Root to continue captaincy
“I’ve never really had an ambition to be a captain,” Stokes told reporters in Sydney. “That’s totally Joe’s decision. He shouldn’t be forced into doing it. I’m sure Cooky [Alastair Cook] felt the same way. He did it for so long. When he knew his time was up, his time was up [but] those discussions haven’t been entered anywhere near Joe.
 
“I don’t sense that at all with Joe. He’s brought this team a long way. He’s done some great things. Obviously this series hasn’t gone too well – not from a captaincy point of view but from a team and results point of view. Unfortunately, the captain and coach bear the scrutiny for that but there are 10 other guys out there in the field beside the captain.
 
“Captaincy is more than about setting fields, picking the team, making decisions out there in the middle. A captain is someone you want to go out and play for. Joe Root is someone I always want to play for.”
Silverwood is a real players’ coach – Stokes supports Head Coach
Stokes had also supported Silverwood, who on Sunday became the latest confirmed Covid case in England’s touring party and is self-isolating in Melbourne with his family. Silverwood looks likely to suffer for England’s crushing defeat with his job but Stokes insisted that he retained the players’ support no matter what.
 
“At the end of the day, the most important people’s opinions are those guys in the dressing room and they’ve got our thorough support,” he said. “Chris Silverwood… he’s a real players’ coach. He stands up for you as individuals and players as well.
 
“All the hype in the media recently about their futures, it’s your [the media’s] job to write that. But they know full well they have the support of everyone in there and that’s all that matters.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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