Root could be world’s best if freed from cap­taincy: Warne

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Shane Warne be­lieves Eng­land should se­ri­ously con­sider re­plac­ing Joe Root with Jos But­tler as Test cap­tain to al­low Root to fo­cus on be­com­ing the world’s best bats­man.

Aus­tralia spin great Warne says the York­shire star could dom­i­nate the global game with the bat and feels But­tler would make a “very, very good” Test skip­per.

Warne worked with But­tler in his role as men­tor for In­dian Premier League team Ra­jasthan Roy­als and is con­vinced the Lan­cashire player has 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.”

Warne, who is pro­mot­ing his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, said 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.

“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.”

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