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English cricket is lucky to have Joe Root, claims Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes has claimed English cricket is lucky to have Joe Root, who still has so much to offer at bat. The all-rounder, who has been heavily linked with the vacant England Test captaincy after Root decided to step down last week, has spoken of Root’s contributions to his career.

Many former English cricketers highly recommended Ben Stokes for the vacant post of England Test captaincy. Joe Root was in charge of the job before, but decided to step down last week after poor form. Notably, Root has captained England in Test cricket more than any other player in its history, winning more games as captain (27) but at the same time losing more (26) than any of them.

Stokes, while writing in his column for the British newspaper the Daily Mirror, revealed how he learned of Root’s decision and his main contributions to making him a better cricketer.

“When my phone started ringing and I saw Joe’s name pop up, I didn’t know what to expect. But when he said, ‘Man, I just wanted to let you know before it became official…’ I knew what was coming. As you can imagine it was quite an emotional conversation, but it wasn’t a long conversation, there will be time for that in the future, Stokes wrote in the Daily Mirror.

“It was a moving few minutes and in return there was nothing but love, respect and support from me, because that’s what Joe Root has shown me throughout. his tenure as England Test captain. When I took my break from playing in 2021, Joe was brilliant. Cricket came second, his concern was for my welfare.

“And going back a few years ago to the Bristol incident, that’s where my captain really fought for me. That’s where my total loyalty to Joe comes from, and he always will have it. because he was only ever a good man to me and the rest of his players.

Stokes further added that Root will now be more relaxed and that will help him continue his stunning form with the bat. The England all-rounder also believes Root still has ‘a lot to offer English cricket’.

“Now that he’s retired, I expect him to continue his genius with a bat in hand and show why he’s the greatest batsman we’ve ever produced. We’re lucky to have him. and he still has a lot to offer English cricket,” he added.

Last year Root scored more runs than any England men’s batter in any previous calendar year. It helped him win the ICC Male Test Cricketer of the Year Award.

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