Australian cricket legend Shane Warne believes that the ECB should consider replacing current captain Joe Root with Jos Buttler, in order for Root to concentrate on becoming the best batsman in the world.
Former world-class spinner Warne believes Root could dominate the international game with his batting skills without the burden of captaincy and is also a firm believer that Buttler would be a “very, very good” England test captain.
“I’ve worked with Jos a bit this year, and I think he’s someone who would make an excellent captain,” pronounced Warne, speaking of his time in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals, where he was a mentor for the Lancashire wicket keeper.
“I really enjoyed working with him, I’d like to think I helped him out a little bit.
“I really enjoyed his company, and talking the game of cricket with him. He could be a very, very good England captain,” continued the 49-year-old former Aussie star.
Warne went on to praise ‘gentleman’ Root, proclaiming him as England’s best player, but questioned whether Root himself will be happy with his continued struggles at turning 50's into big hundreds on the international scene.
“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 in the same sentence as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. I like Joe Root, he has a good manner about himself, he’s a gentleman,” he told The Telegraph.
Being a former Australian ODI captain Warne knows a thing or two about the pressure of leading one of the biggest cricketing countries in the world, and it’s clear he has a firm belief in wicket-keeper batsman Buttler's ability.
“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 Butler,” continued the 145-test veteran.
“Jos could play with freedom and captain the side, and Joe could just concentrate on his cricket. If he totally 100 per cent concentrates on his cricket, battling 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.”