This Ashes tour of Australia has never been good for England. But this time around, the likes of Michael Vaughan and Ricky Ponting even went on to say that this England team is possibly the worst one to tour Australia. After the 3 – 0 scoreline, there were talks about Silverwood to make the scapegoat and Michael Atherton even suggested Ben Stokes as the viable captain in place of Joe Root.
Joe Root escaped from plenty of criticism owing to being the fourth player in the history of the game to score more than 1600 runs in a year. Now Ben Stokes has stated that he has no desire to lead England and fully support his captain Root, for whom he loves to play.
‘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.‘ Stokes said
Stokes also came in support of Chris Silverwood, who is very likely to be fired after the tourists will return home. “‘He’s a real players’ coach,’ he said. ‘He stands up for you as individuals and players. Chris and Joe know full well they have the support of everyone in there, and that’s all that matters.” Stokes said.
There are talks going in the ECB right now for the next coach of the test side and Gary Kirsten has come out to be the potential candidate. The former coach who took India and South Africa to the top of test rankings has even expressed his desire and said that it would be an ‘honor’ to resurrect the English test team.
The all-rounder famous for Headingly heroics in 2019 had a dismal outing ever since he return from the break of mental health and finger injury. In three test matches so far, Stokes has scored 5, 14, 34, 12, 25 and 11 and his wickets column number on this tour isn’t appealing too. The all-rounder heaped praises on the relentless Australian bowlers who have hounded them in pairs. Cummins, Starc and Richardson, Neser and even Boland who took 7 wickets on his debut.
‘That was some of the highest-quality bowling I think I’ve seen in a Test match. I don’t think I’ve ever been booed by 49,000 people when I walked out. said Stokes