Ben Stokes, Joe Root
Ben Stokes, Joe Root. Image-Twitter

After England’s horrible performance under Joe Root in the ongoing Ashes against Australia, there are speculations that star all-rounder Ben Stokes will be taking the charge of the red-ball team. However, the star all-rounder has said that he “never really had the ambition to be a captain”.

England performed terribly in the Ashes 2021-22 against Australia and lost three back-to-back games in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne and now they are trailing by 0-3 in the 5-match Test series with two games remaining.

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Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Stokes has said that Joe Root shouldn’t be forced into doing things and he has a long way to go as a Test captain.

I’ve never really had an ambition to be a captain. That’s totally Joe’s decision. He shouldn’t be forced into doing it. I’m sure Cooky [Alastair Cook] felt the same way. He did it for so long. When he knew his time was up, his time was up [but] those discussions haven’t been entered anywhere near Joe,” Stokes was quoted as saying to the reporters, ESPNcricinfo reported.

He’s Brought This Team A Long Way, He’s Done Some Great Things – Ben Stokes On Joe Root

England, Joe Root
Joe Root. Image Credits: Twitter

The 30-year-old all-rounder lauded the English skipper Root and said that he has done some great things for team England in the past. He added that it’s unfortunate that only ” captain and coach bear the scrutiny” for the poor performance.

I don’t sense that at all with Joe. He’s brought this team a long way. He’s done some great things. Obviously, this series hasn’t gone too well – not from a captaincy point of view but from a team and results point of view. Unfortunately, the captain and coach bear the scrutiny for that but there are 10 other guys out there in the field beside the captain,” Stokes added.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. Credits: Twitter

The 4th match of the Ashes 2021-22 is scheduled to begin from January 5 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

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