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Root captaincy material: Gower

David Gower

London: Young Joe Root hasn’t only cemented his place in the middle order, he’s being looked upon as a future captain of England.

“I do feel Root is captaincy material and, at some point, the selectors should look at making him the vice-captain,” former captain David Gower told The Telegraph.

Significantly, on Sunday, Mike Brearley (also a former captain, and a distinguished one at that) had given his thumbs up to Root being captaincy material.

That was during the course of an interview to this Reporter.

On Wednesday, Gower added: “Root has a fantastic temperament and one can spot the qualities a captain should have. However, he may need two years to move into the job.”

Root had a miserable Ashes, in 2013-14, but was brilliant against India — 518 runs, average of 103.60.

According to Gower, after the Ashes disaster in the winter, the summer was a “real test” for Alastair Cook the captain.

“England lost to Sri Lanka, but the Test series win over India has been special. Right now, I’m comfortable with Cook continuing as (Test and ODI) captain,” Gower pointed out.

Reflecting on England’s remarkable come-from-behind 3-1 win, Gower said: “That’s why cricket is a great game, full of mysteries...

“India missed their chances and the dropped catches in the third Test (Southampton) turned out to be critical. Credit, of course, to England.”

Asked about the way forward for India, Gower smiled and stated: “Look at the next series, which will be a fresh one. That’s what we did when we got beaten by the powerful West Indies in the 1980s.”

Gower could have included the bit about learning from mistakes as well.