Ben Stokes: England Test captain Joe Root backed by players, says all-rounder
Test captain Joe Root is”England’s greatest player” and has the”complete support” of his team-mates, states all-rounder Ben Stokes.
28, root, has been criticised after the vacationers’ defeat by New Zealand in the opening match of the series.
He left 11 and two and has fallen out of the top 10 of their Test batting rankings for the very first time since August 2014.
“We stay together and we all hold our hands up jointly,” said Stokes.
Root’s average in 2019 is currently 27.40 out of 10 Tests, in comparison to 47.35 over his livelihood as a whole.
Since succeeding Alastair Cook as Test captain in 2017, the Yorkshire batsman’s average has dropped from 52.80 into 39.70.
“He’s England’s best player and he understands he’s the full support of us at the living area,” added 28-year-old Stokes.
“The pressures of becoming England Test captain are huge. It can be one of the jobs in England occasionally – .
“There are 11 guys out in the field in a game who donate to a win or loss. It doesn’t all fall on the priest.”
Stokes also disclosed his advice was searched by England coach Chris Silverwood about whether he needs to fly home following a family bereavement.
The second Test at Seddon Park starts on Thursday (22:00 GMT) and Silverwood will depart after day two, together with supporters Graham Thorpe and Paul Collingwood, Together with Root, carrying around for the Rest of the trip.
“Family always comes first, wherever you are in the world or what situation the team finds itself ,” said Stokes.
“He also asked my opinion and I said:’From my viewpoint, you need to get yourself back ‘
“We do all the strategic analysis so, once we begin, the onus will be on these players. Chris moving home won’t be a diversion to us.”