Root is definitely captaincy material, says Shane Warne

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“I think he could even be a captain, given the way he presents himself”

Former Australia spin king Shane Warne has announced that he believes England batsman Joe Root has the potential to become captain once Alastair Cook relinquishes the post.

Warne comments come after he admitted to being impressed with Root’s fantastic knock of 87 on the fourth day of the second Test in Adelaide.

“I think everyone’s impressed with Joe Root,” Warne said. “You can sense and you can see that there is something about him. He’s going to be an England player for a long time because he’s a quality player.

“I was hoping that he’d have time down in that five or six position to find his feet and then slowly move up to three – but if he can make three his own, then fine. I still think Ian Bell should bat at three even though Root did well.

“He’s going to be a 10-year player plus but give him the best possible chance to do that. I think he could even be a captain, given the way he presents himself. He’s very honest, very straight up; there is no fumbling of things, he just gives it to you straight.

“He’s totally honest and I think probably challenges a few of the other guys in the team as a young player. I think that shows a bit too, to stand up and say ‘you know what? I don’t agree with you.’ I think that is to be commended.”

Former England skipper Nasser Hussain agreed with Warne’s comments, stating that Root’s “an honest fighter and a real solid character”.

“Root is a star, that lad,” he added. “He knows he played a bad shot in the first innings and he fronts up. He’s an honest fighter and a real solid character. I think he’s got a lot of ability but it shows a lot of character for someone so young to go and get 87 when you are 1-0 down and up against it.”

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