Hussain backs Stokes choice

01 July 2020 01:08:36 GMTPlus10

Former England captain Nasser Hussain believes Ben Stokes is the perfect stand-in skipper for England.

Stokes has been confirmed as the stand-in skipper, stepping into Joe Root’s shoes for the first Test against West Indies with the regular captain’s wife expecting their second child.

The all-rounder has played 63 Test matches for England and was appointed vice captain in 2017.

Stokes almost single-handedly rescued a draw for the Three Lions against Australian in the 2019 Ashes series and it’s difficult to forget his unbeaten 135 in the third Test of that competition at Headingley.

The Durham star also played a pivotal role in England’s incredible triumph against New Zealand in the final of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Despite those credentials and imperious performances Hussain has urged caution in regard to Stokes taking the role on a permanent basis.

"There is no one better than Ben Stokes to step in for Joe Root as a short-term captain when England take on West Indies in the first Test next week," Hussain wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.

"Stokes is extremely loyal, so Root would not have to worry he would be handing his job over to someone with any kind of ulterior motive of wanting to take it for good.

"When Joe returns Ben will happily hand the captaincy back to him. He will certainly bring passion and energy to captaincy,"

"The long term is a different matter. With the full-time England captaincy comes expectancy, selection, ups and downs and a lot of things that can weigh you down. So I would be concerned about giving it to Ben permanently at some point down the line."

England are 1.30 to win the first Test at the Ageas Bowl and the Three Lions are 1.30 to win the series.

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