Jones: Root should befriend pomposity of former England captains

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Dean Jones believes the time has come for a new England Test captain and would urge Joe Root to seek counsel from a "pomposity" of former skippers over boozy lunch or dinners if he replaces Alastair Cook.

Cook is expected to make a decision on whether to retain his role in the near future following talks with England director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

The 32-year-old, England's leading run-scorer in Tests, has spent almost five years as skipper in the longest format, but may have led his country for the last time in the recent 4-0 series defeat in India.

Jones thinks England could benefit from a change and the ex-Australia batsman said vice-captain Root should seek words of wisdom from past leaders to give him every chance of succeeding if he is promoted.

He told Omnisport: "They probably need a change at the top.

"They struggled in India and got out-strategised by the Indians; they tried to beat them with spin, reverse swing, with swing - they tried everything but it didn't work. They made three totals of 400 plus batting first and still got belted up.

"I think they need a change and if Joe Root does come in I'd like to see him have a counsel of a group of ex-English captains, or as I would call as a collective noun a 'pomposity', to have counsel three or four times a year.

"He hasn't captained a team for a long time, maybe since juniors I dare say, so he needs really good people to advise him, just as a Prime Minster would.

"If I were him I would befriend some of the past English captains and maybe have a couple of boozy dinners or lunches to work through where improvements can be made and strategise accordingly."

 

- Dean Jones' new book "Dean Jones Cricket Tips" - (The things they don't teach you in the academy) is available via Amazon.