The former England captain Nasser Hussain has a very important piece of advice for the newly appointed England test captain Ben Stokes, who is going to take charge of the England test team from next summer.
After Joe Root stepped down from his position, ECB decided to appoint the next man in line as the captain of the side rather than going for any surprise pick, and with the next man Stokes ready to take the responsibility as well, finalising the next captain didn’t prove to be much of a task for the new managing director Rob Key.
But, Nasser Hussain doesn’t want Stokes to captain the team like Joe Root did. According to Nasser, under Root’s captaincy, it seemed on many occasions as if he was getting too many advices from the senior players on the ground. When that happens to a captain, the captain fails to develop his own gut feel because he is fed with so much of information.
Nasser Hussain believes Ben Stokes should make decisions based on his gut feel
Nasser Hussain believes that Ben Stokes shouldn’t adopt this approach of “captaining by committee” which basically means allowing the views of three or four players to come into consideration and then taking decisions. Nasser wants Stokes to be his own man and to make his own decisions based on his gut feel, rather than based on the information fed by others.
Nasser was speaking as a pundit on Sky Sports where he permanently features and he also suggested Stokes to be honest with England think tank about his body and how he is feeling after every test series, because being an allrounder and now also being the captain of the test team, his workload will be immense and his body will have to be looked after.
In the views of Nasser Hussain, there is no need for Stokes to over bowl himself in every test match, unless it is dearly required from here on.