Ashes 2021-22: Ben Stokes backs captain Joe Root and coach Silverwood – England’s star all-rounder Ben Stokes has indicated unequivocally that he has no desire to be England captain. After losing the Ashes series to Australia, he defended his under-performing Test captain Joe Root and head coach Chris Silverwood.
Root and Silverwood have come under fire for England’s poor performance in the ongoing Ashes series, which the visitors trail 0-3.
Root has been chastised for his captaincy during the Ashes, with Geoffrey Boycott, Michael Atherton, Ian Chappell, and Ricky Ponting among those who have criticised him.
“I’ve never really aspired to be a captain,” England vice-captain Ben Stokes told reporters.
The 30-year-old has previously led England in one Test, a defeat to the West Indies in 2020 while Root was on paternity leave.
He successfully led England to a 3-0 ODI series victory over Pakistan last year, despite the fact that an entire squad had to be replaced due to a COVID-19 epidemic.
“Captaincy is more than just setting the field, selecting the team, and making decisions in the centre.”
“A captain is someone you want to play for.” Joe Root is a player I’ve always wanted to play for.”
Ashes 2021-22: Ben Stokes backs captain Joe Root and coach Silverwood
When he leads England out in the fourth Test here on Wednesday, Root will become the country’s longest-serving Test captain.
He will surpass predecessor Alastair Cook, who led the team for a record 59 games.
As Root has been magnificent with the bat, this is his third Ashes series without a win, but Stokes does not expect the 31-year-old to walk down just yet.
“It’s entirely up to Joe. He should not be compelled to do so. Cooky (Alastair Cook) was probably thinking the same thing. He did it for so long, and when he realised his time was up, he knew it was up.
“Those debates haven’t made it to Joe yet. That doesn’t seem to be the case with Joe. He’s helped this team get a long way. He’s accomplished a lot.
“Certainly, this series hasn’t gone very well, not from a captaincy standpoint, but from a team and results standpoint,” he remarked.
Silverwood’s job is also under jeopardy, according to Stokes.
“Unfortunately, the captain and coach bear the brunt of the scrutiny, but there are ten other guys out there,” said Stokes.
“Chris Silverwood is a genuine player-coach. He advocates for you as individuals and as footballers.
All the excitement in the media recently about their futures, it’s your job to write that, but they know they have everyone’s support in there, and that’s all that matters “Stokes stated.