Former Test spinner Monty Panesar thinks England’s victory against Australia at The Oval may have rescued Joe Root by the Sofa.
England captain Root chose the catch to dismiss final man Josh Hazlewood and clinch a success at the fifth and final Test, ensuring his side drew the series 2-2.
However, Panesar – who played 50 Tests between 2013 and 2006 – believes Root might well have dropped the captaincy if Australia had was able to assimilate their hosts into a series conquer.
“I think this week has rescued him” Panesar told Sky Sports News. “If Australia had won 3-1, then I think the ECB could have been having an polite conversation with him and they would possibly ask him to step down.
“He’s been batting well, but can it be great for the team he captains England in addition to batting? I believe his kind has improved since the show has gone on.
“But he turned it around this week – he dug in deep and managed to reveal he wants to be the man to lead England. The winter tours are currently going to be large for him.
“He needs to succeed against New Zealand and South Africa and if he is really determined to lead England, he needs to show the kind of cricket we’ve seen this week in The Oval.
“He’s obviously still quite passionate and he wishes to take this challenge on. If he is ready to maintain his batting form because we know Joe Root captain the team nicely and can we are going to see over the wintertime.
“I’m sure over the next six weeks that the ECB will assess the way he performs as a captain and a batsman and they’ll make a decision.”
Root, who triumphed Alastair Cook in February 2017 as Test captain, was third in the England batting averages scoring 325 runs in 10 innings.
The attracted series was a swansong for England head coach Trevor Bayliss, who’d announced his departure prior to a summer where the national men’s team won their initial World Cup that is 50-over.
The ECB have to mention a successor but Panesar would prefer to see them keep the structure of professional coaches operating under an total supremo.
“I think they will need to have one head coach and then the assistants,” he added. “Ideally I would like them to become English coaches since the ECB have invested heavily in their own coaching programmes and it is nice to see a stepping stone to the national group.
“The likes of Paul Collingwood and Marcus Trescothick are involved in the England setup over the summer, Chris Silverwood is a great quick bowling coach and they’ve also obtained Saqlain Mushtaq.
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