Cricket Warne: Make Jos skipper to free up Root
SHANE Warne believes England should seriously consider replacing Joe Root with Jos Buttler as Test captain – to allow Root to become the world’s best batsman.
Australia spin great Warne thinks the Yorkshire star could dominate the global game with the bat and feels Buttler would make a “very, very good” Test captain.
Warne worked with Buttler in his role as mentor for IPL outfit Rajasthan Royals, and is convinced the Lancashire keeper 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 his company, and talking the game of cricket with him. He would be a very, very good England captain.
“I think Joe Root is England’s best player, but he’ll be disappointed with his conversion rate when it comes 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.”
Added Warne: “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.
“Jos could play with his freedom and captain the side, and Joe could just concentrate on his cricket.
“If he totally 100 per cent con- centrates on his cricket, his batting and nothing else, then maybe we might see Joe Root become the best batsman in the world. He’s got the talent to do it.”
Warne, who is busy promoting his autobiography No Spin, believes Australia have lost the “fear factor” ever since England won the 2005 Ashes, but he also thinks next summer’s Ashes series in England could be very delicately balanced.
Disgraced pair Steve Smith and David Warner will be back from their ball-tampering suspensions in time for that series and Warne expects both men to regain pivotal roles in Australia’s set-up.
“They are two of the top five best batsmen in the world. Australia desperately need them,” he said. “I think Australia will give England a real run for their money next year.”
England’s Jos Buttler