Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Nasser Hussain believe star all-rounder Ben Stokes has a “sharp cricket brain” and is the “obvious” option to succeed Joe Root as Test skipper. Root stood down as captain on Friday, completing a five-year reign that had been marred by criticism following England’s 0-4 Ashes loss to Australia and 0-1 series loss to the West Indies. Vaughan told the BBC, “I don’t see anyone else who could take the role and be assured a spot in the side.”

“You definitely have someone with a keen cricket brain in Ben Stokes; he’s going to give it his all, and he’ll command the respect of the guys around him.” Hussain, who captained England from 1999 to 2003, also endorsed Stokes for the Test captaincy.

“The obvious option, in my opinion, is Ben Stokes. As a cricketer, Stokes has accomplished incredible feats and possesses a sharp cricket mind. He demonstrated that in the World Cup final and at Headingley. Hussain was reported on as stating, “He proved that when he took over from Joe Root on occasion.”

Source: indianexpress