Sydney: Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan believes Joe Root has the right ‘real leadership qualities’ to become captain of the Three Lions’ squad. In his column in the Sydney Morning Herald, he says, “one day Joe Root will captain England. I hate to put pressure on him, but I have to be honest and say I see a young man with real leadership qualities. ”
While obviously, Vaughan says, “it will take a while, Alastair Cook will be in the job for a long time,” he however adds, “within a couple of years, Joe will be vice-captain and it is great for England, so soon after Andrew Strauss`` retirement, that they have found a kid with such a strong character.”
Vaughan, who claims to know Root since he was young lad, says it was never about him being an outstanding player but just ‘a great guy’.
“It was never the fact he was an outstanding player. It was more about him being a great lad. That is what I liked straight away. You don`t want people in the team just because they are good lads, but his maturity and thoughtful approach was impressive in such a young player,” he writes. Vaughan also highlighted the similarities of his career to Root’s.
“The similarities with my career are uncanny. He played for Yorkshire Boys, the same league club, and made his county debut at a similar age. He started down the order for Yorkshire and is now opening the batting. And, like me, he has started down the order for England but I`m sure he will end up opening. He uses the same bats and even bowls off-spin,” he says.
Vaughan says that Root has the potential to be captain as he has a ‘good cricket brain’, and would surely get the top job one day. “I can imagine what has happened in the England set-up over the past two or three weeks. They have seen him around the squad and realised his potential as much from his character as his performances in the nets,” he said.
“He has a good cricket brain, which is why I see captaincy potential. The best players think and breathe cricket all day, every day. He is a young Cook, perhaps, and, like Cook, he has the character and confidence to succeed,” he added.