Warne: Buttler should replace Root as England’s Test captain

Shane Warne Jos Buttler should replace Joe Root as Test captain England cricket

Shane Warne: “Jos could play with his freedom and captain the side, and Joe could just concentrate on his cricket”

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Legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne believes that Jos Buttler should take over as Test captain in place of Joe Root.

Warne feels that removing the captaincy burden from Root will enable him to bat with more freedom and excel in the longest format.

As for why he thinks Buttler would make a suitable successor for the role of Test captain, Warne worked alongside the 28-year-old as the mentor of the Rajasthan Royals in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL).

Given what he saw, Warne feels that Buttler has all the necessary skills to be a successful leader.

“I’ve worked with Jos a bit this year and I think he’s someone who would make an excellent captain,” Warne was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “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 would be a very, very good England captain.

“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 about in the same sentences as Virat Kohli and Steve Smith.

“I like Joe Root, he has a good manner about himself. He’s a gentleman.

“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 Buttler.

“Jos could play with his freedom and captain the side, and Joe could just concentrate on his cricket.

“If he totally 100 percent concentrates on his cricket, his batting 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.”