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The Ashes: Ben Stokes a viable possibility for England captaincy, says Michael Atherton

Amid stinging grievance of Joe Root’s captaincy within the wake of England’s meek give up within the Ashes collection, former skipper Mike Atherton stated all-rounder Ben Stokes is a viable selection to exchange the Yorkshireman.

The Ashes: Ben Stokes a viable possibility for England captaincy, says Michael Atherton (Reuters Picture)

HIGHLIGHTSJoe Root has to undergo non-public duty for Ashes debacle: Michael AthertonBen Stokes a viable possibility for England captaincy: Michael AthertonAtherton stated trainer Chris Silverwood will have to be proven the door

Former skipper Michael Atherton stated England captain Joe Root will have to take duty of the Ashes debacle whilst including that all-rounder Ben Stokes is a viable selection to exchange the Yorkshireman.

Atherton additionally stated trainer Chris Silverwood will have to be proven the door after the collection, which Australia have already wrapped up with two fits to spare.

Root, who has now not gained any of his 3 Ashes collection in price, was once reluctant to speak about the long-term long run of his captaincy after England misplaced by way of an innings and 14 runs within the 3rd check in Melbourne.

“There were such a lot of mistakes right here, from variety to technique, that the captain has to undergo non-public duty … This will have been a far nearer collection had Root were given issues proper at the box,” Atherton wrote in The Occasions.

“Root has been a excellent England captain, and has at all times carried himself fantastically and is an implausible ambassador for the game, however having completed the activity for 5 years and having had 3 cracks on the Ashes, together with two terrible campaigns in Australia, it’s time for somebody else to have a move.

“Ben Stokes is a viable selection, having completed a very good activity as a stand-in in short in the summertime. His bowling is beginning to wind down, and, as he won’t get into England’s absolute best T20 facet now, he may also be given a breather all the way through the ones fits.”

Atherton added Silverwood had proved a deficient appointment and was once “out of his intensity”.

“In this day and age there appears to be a scarcity of authority and an unwillingness to problem the gamers,” he stated.

“There is not any approach Silverwood will (or will have to) continue to exist the Ashes, which will have to permit a reorganisation of the training and settling on duties.”

The fourth Ashes Take a look at will start in Sydney on January 5.

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