Mumbai, July 5
Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has in contrast Ben Stokes’ management skills with Virat Kohli, saying the all-rounder will develop into an “excellent captain” when he dons the hat in Joe Root’s absence in the course of the first Test in opposition to the West Indies in Southampton, beginning July 8.
England’s World Cup hero Stokes was on final Tuesday named captain for the opening Test in opposition to the West Indies instead of Root, who has taken go away to be together with his spouse for the start of their second youngster.
England will tackle the West Indies in a three-match Test in a “bio-secure environment”, which is able to mark the resumption of of worldwide cricket amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Generally, what Ben (Stokes) does is a bit like Virat (Kohli). Everything he does, he does it at 100 mile an hour. So, I think he will be an excellent captain, although he’s only a stand-in captain,” Hussain, a revered voice in world cricket, mentioned on Star Sports present ‘Cricket Connected’.
“Joe Root is off with that baby, his second child. I think as a stand-in captain, I am absolutely behind it, absolutely great choice, very loyal as well to Joe Root. He won’t have any kind of grandeur thinking that this is my job for life,” added Hussain, who performed 96 Tests for England.
However, the 52-year-old right-handed batsman was not in favour of handing Stokes full time captaincy for the time being, saying his platter is already full.
“But as a long-term thing, an all-rounder with so much on his plate, plays three formats, IPL possibly coming up, I think there’s too much on his shoulders, but never write-off Ben Stokes,” he mentioned.
“He could make for an exceptional captain, but I am worried a little bit about his workload in the future if he does it full time,” Hussain signed off. PTI