Chris Silverwood, England‘s head coach, asserted the importance of winning the Ashes in a captaincy career of an England captain while praising Joe Root as the Yorkshireman becomes the country’s most successful Test skipper.
With the victory over India in Leeds, Joe Root, with a tally of 27 Test wins, overtook Michael Vaughan, who had captained England to 26 victories.
However, Chris Silverwood says there is more “potential” in Root – indicating the significance of what an Ashes series win would mean. Root so far has captained in two Ashes series – a 4-0 dubbing in Australia in 2017, and a 2-2 draw in 2019 at home. England will travel down under this year for another high-voltage rubber.
“There is potential there for him to be one of the great England captains. It’s great that Joe has got that record, nobody can take that away from him, he has achieved that. If we win the Ashes we can have this conversation again,” Chris Silverwood said after Headingley win.
“To see him get over the line and become the most successful captain, and equally see him be so successful with the bat, is just fantastic. He is in a great place at the moment and I really enjoy watching him.”
Root certainly made a difference this game: Chris Silverwood
Speaking about their victory in Leeds, the coach lauded Root for taking learnings from the debacle on Day 5 at Lord’s, to an improved captaincy performance at Headingley.
“I think he is learning all the time. At Lord’s he reflected on some of the decisions he made, and so did I, he learns as he is going along, that is a great characteristic for a captain to have,” he said.
“He can reflect back honestly on what happened and make a difference and he certainly made a difference this game.”
With the series level at 1-1, both teams travel back to London for the fourth Test at Kennington Oval, starting September 2nd.