England’s limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan has said that he is not interested in replacing Joe Root after he resigned from the captaincy of England’s Test squad. Further, Morgan backed Ben Stokes to be the next leader saying he is brilliant as a player and also as a leader to replace Root.
England cricket recently suffered a shock with the sudden resignation of Joe Root from Test captaincy. England’s results in red-ball cricket were not very great lately and it was speculated that the defeat took its toll on Root. Ever since he stepped down from the leadership role, the post has been vacant and Eoin Morgan was also one of the possible candidates to replace him.
Morgan led the English team to a title win in the 2019 ODI World Cup and it was a remarkable turn-around for the team after their disastrous group-stage exit in the 2015 edition. However, he has denied the possibility of him captaining the Test team saying he is not interested in the job.
"Absolutely not, no. I'm very happy with the role that I play within the white-ball team and English cricket at the moment. It has been the part of my career that I'm most proud of. My career is firmly focused on World Cups, and hopefully sustaining what we've built over the last six years is probably going to be the most important part of what I leave behind eventually. I haven't played red-ball cricket for a long time. I wouldn't have any interest in the job. I would be no good at it," Morgan told Sky Sports.
The most discussed candidate to replace Root and be England’s next test captain is Ben Stokes. Several former cricketers and experts are of the opinion that he should be the next leader for England in Test cricket and Morgan is the latest in the long line as he has stated that Stokes is the right candidate to be the captain in red-ball cricket.
"Obviously, Ben is a fantastic player, a brilliant leader, though he doesn't need to have the captain's armband on to lead like he does. The experience of the World Cup final here (at Lord's) really showed his true colours in the way that he led from start to finish - and throughout the whole tournament as well," he opined.
"He'd certainly be a candidate. I think it would be hard to turn down the captaincy. It's a privileged position to be in. Obviously, circumstances have to be right, but most people who want to take red-ball cricket forward would like to take it on.”