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Stokes a viable possibility for England captaincy – Atherton

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Amid stinging criticism 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 different to exchange the Yorkshireman.

Atherton additionally stated coach Chris Silverwood needs to be proven the door after the collection, which Australia have already wrapped up with two matches to spare.

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Root, who has not received any of his three Ashes collection in cost, was reluctant to debate the long-term way forward for his captaincy after England misplaced by an innings and 14 runs within the third check in Melbourne.

“There have been so many errors right here, from choice to technique, that the captain has to bear private duty … This might have been a a lot nearer collection had Root received issues proper on the sector,” Atherton wrote in The Occasions.

“Root has been a great England captain, and has all the time carried himself fantastically and is an unbelievable ambassador for the game, however having achieved the job for 5 years and having had three cracks on the Ashes, together with two terrible campaigns in Australia, it’s time for another person to have a go.

“Ben Stokes is a viable different, having achieved a wonderful job as a stand-in briefly in the summertime. His bowling is beginning to wind down, and, as he could not get into England’s greatest T20 facet now, he may be given a breather throughout these matches.”

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Atherton added Silverwood had proved a poor appointment and was “out of his depth”.

“For the time being there appears to be an absence of authority and an unwillingness to problem the gamers,” he stated.

“There isn’t a method Silverwood will (or ought to) survive the Ashes, which ought to permit a reorganisation of the teaching and choosing obligations.”

The fourth Ashes check will start in Sydney on Jan. 5.

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