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Former England spinner Graeme Swann believes that vice-captain Joe Root shouldn’t succeed Alastair Cook as Test captain.
Cook stepped down as Test captain on Monday and Root is widely seen as the frontrunner to replace him.
But, Swann feels that there is someone else in the England Test squad that should be handed the reins.
“I think I’m the only person in the world who says no to Joe Root as England captain,” he said. “If it was down to me right now I’d give Stuart Broad the job.”
Elaborating on why he wouldn’t choose Root, Swann pointed out that the 26-year-old has not seemed himself for the past couple of years due to the fact that he has had to change his character after being appointed vice-captain.
“I think Joe is growing into a more mature player and he is trying to be more serious and trying to prove to everyone that he’s got the character to be captain,” he added. “But I think it is actually affecting his batting already and he’s not the cheeky, dynamic, ‘joie de vivre’-type player that he was two or three years ago.”
Swann is also concerned that the pressure of being captain will have a detrimental effect on Root’s batting, which he feels is something England cannot afford at the moment, especially as the Yorkshire native is currently the best and most consistent batsman in the Test squad.
“He’s not scoring the same huge amount of runs, he’s being consistent, but I think he’s just lost a little bit in trying to be this captain material and I really worry,” Swann said. “I think we should leave Joe Root to be the best batsman this country has ever produced which he would be without the burden of being the captain. I wish they would leave him alone.”