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Joe Root determined to remain as captain following Shane Warne comments

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The man for whom the English cricket captaincy seemed an inevitability from the moment he began piling on the runs at Yorkshire, is not about to relinquish the coveted position, despite the recent comments from Aussie legend Shane Warne.

The legendary leg spinner weighed in with his opinion of the English Test team as they prepare for a trial by spin in the upcoming Test series in Sri Lanka.

Warne, never shy to stir the pot as regards the English set up, queried whether Joe Root should continue skippering the side and offered the revitalised Jos Buttler as a viable alternative.

It certainly has not been all smooth sailing for Root since the golden boy of the English game fulfilled what had long appeared his destiny and became the Test captain of his country.

The runs have failed to flow as fluently as before and a nightmare winter saw his side comprehensively beaten in the Ashes series Down Under.

While winning ways were resumed this summer with a hard fought series win over India, Root still failed to convince with the bat, with many commentators also at times seemingly exasperated with aspects of his captaincy.

A new batting hero emerged in the shape of Jos Buttler, the T20 specialist finally found a home in the Test team and he justified his controversial recall with a bounty of runs as he helped to strengthen a somewhat shaky batting order. 

Warne, who has worked with Buttler in his role with the Rajasthan Royals, advocated him as a viable alternative as captain, thus releasing Root from the responsibilities of the job, leaving him to focus on recapturing his best form with the bat.

The Yorkshireman, however, has given short shrift to the notion, as instead he has spoken about his future plans in the role.

Speaking to TalkSport, Root stated that: "I have a clear vision of how I see this team evolving over the next couple of years. I think we have started that trend this summer, we moved through a difficult series V India and to overcome what was a very tough winter shows the development and learning in the group.

"And I have got a clear idea of where we are going to moving forwards. I am pretty happy with the way things have gone and my position as captain."

Sorry Shane, but it looks like Root is determined to hang onto the captaincy for a while yet.

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England cricket
Shane Warne
Cricket
Jos Buttler
Joe Root

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