LONDON: Joe Root came out fighting after Australia retained the Ashes with a thrilling victory in the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday but questions remain about his effectiveness as captain.
The 28-year-old cut a rather forlorn figure as Australia celebrated moving 2-1 ahead in the series but insists he is still the right man to lead England forward.
While Root remains England’s best batsman and is still in his prime, not all are convinced that he is getting the best out of his team mates with his decision-making during the four Tests so far against Australia being questioned.
“Joe Root is such a likeable lad, a quality batsman and nobody wants to hurt or humiliate him but I’m afraid he lacks any feel for captaincy,” former opening batsman and respected pundit Geoffery Boycott told the Daily Telegraph yesterday.
“His captaincy has been very disappointing and he has to seriously think about whether he is suited for the job and whether it is affecting his batting.”
Boycott believes the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will be wary of taking the captaincy away from Root but his criticism is echoed by another former captain Nasser Hussain.
“It’s been clear in this game that Root has felt let down by some of his bowlers, especially on the first day,” Hussain told the Daily Mail. “But he knows the buck stops with him. It’s up to the captain to get the best out of his team.”
Root, meanwhile, has said that he is the right man to continue leading England despite two failed attempts to win an Ashes series.
“I definitely want to carry on as captain. I’ve been given a fantastic opportunity to captain the test side and will continue to work hard at doing my best at that,” Root said.
“That is in my control. I have to make sure I do everything I can to get this team in the best shape to win as many games as possible.”