English cricket hero Darren Gough comments on Joe Roots’ future as captain

Darren Gough says Joe Root is England's natural captain '

Darren Gough says Joe Root is England’s natural captain ‘(Photos: Getty)

Darren Gough has backed up Joe Root wants to keep the English test captain and insists he ‘is still the right man for the job’ and the ‘natural leader’ in the dressing room.

A number of former English stars have called on Root to be replaced after his team’s series defeat to the West Indies.

The 1-0 loss followed a demoralizing 4-0 Ashes beating in Australia over the winter, extending England’s dismal record to just one win in 17 Tests.

Former captains Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton are all of the belief that England should appoint a new skipper, but Gough says the lack of captain candidates means Root should continue in the job.

“If you look at results alone, a win out of 17 is obviously not good enough,” former fast bowler Gough told Reuters.

But after being in the English locker room, I can assure you that he is so respected by every single player on that team. He is the natural captain.

‘If we had someone who really raised his hands and said,’ I’m your natural successor, ‘you could argue for a change.

England's poor form of testing continued in the Caribbean

England’s poor form of testing continued in the Caribbean (Photo: Getty)

“But I honestly believe Joe Root is still the right man for the job at the moment. I do not think it’s time for Ben Stokes to take over.

‘Other than that, there is no one else you can turn to who could do a job other than Joe Root.’

Vice-captain Stokes and tempo bowler Stuart Broad are two of the more realistic candidates to replace Root if England choose to make a change.

But Stokes is currently struggling with his fitness and has only just returned to form after a long break from the sport.

Broad, meanwhile, was left out of England’s last Test squad along with record wicket-taker James Anderson, much to Gough’s surprise.

Stuart Broad was surprisingly dropped for the West Indies tour

Stuart Broad was surprisingly dropped for the West Indies tour (Photo: Getty)

The selection decision did not pay off for England – which it did held on to two draws from the West Indies before losing the decisive one in Grenada by 10 wickets – and Gough insists he would switch Anderson and Broad to away tournaments instead of throwing them both aside.

“That would have been my plan, I would always have one of those there all the time,” the 51-year-old Yorkshireman added.

‘I think one of them will come back, I do not think both will come back. I have no idea which, it’s a very difficult choice, because both are still incredible cricketers. ‘

England face New Zealand in a two-match Test series in June, with Lord’s hosting the opener and Trent Bridge hosting the second match.

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