Joe Root broke the record for most test wins by an England captain in Test 3 against India, but Michael Vaughan, the previous record holder, says the 30-year-old “won’t become a great captain until he wins. Australia “in the ashes
Chris Silverwood believes Joe Root has the potential to be “one of England’s great captains” after breaking Michael Vaughan’s record for most test wins.
Root secured his 27th victory in the test when England crushed India by one inning and 76 runs to level the five-game series at 1-1 with two to go.
While Root is now England’s most successful test captain, Vaughan believes the 30-year-old “won’t become a great captain until he defeats Australia.”
Root has tied one and lost one of his two Ashes series to Australia, with a third coming this winter.
When asked about Root’s claim to be one of the greats, England head coach Silverwood said: “There is potential for him to be one of the great captains of England.
“It’s great that Joe has that record, no one can take it away from him, he made it. If we win the Ashes we can have this conversation again.
“I think he’s learning all the time. At Lord’s he reflected on some of the decisions he made, and so do I, he learns as he goes along, that’s a great trait a captain must have.”
“He can honestly reflect on what happened and make a difference, and he certainly made a difference in this game.”
If Root’s place as an all-time great England captain can be debated, his current form is beyond scrutiny.
Root has scored six centuries of testing this year, including three in this series, the most recent a brilliant 121 of 165 balls on day two at Headingley.
“Joe and I have a very good and strong relationship,” added Silverwood.
“We got along well and set the game plan, when I arrived we decided what kind of cricket we wanted to play. We both stuck to that task and helped each other. Seeing him continue and become the most successful player in England The test captain was excellent , something I was looking forward to seeing for a while.
“To see him cross the line and become the most successful captain, and to see him still so successful with the bat, is just fantastic. He’s in a great place right now and I really enjoy watching him.”
Ollie Robinson was another featured artist in the third test and won the man of the match award after taking seven wickets.
When asked about Robinson’s potential, Silverwood said: “He’s certainly done his best, look at the performances he’s done.
“He does the basics really well. If there’s any movement there, he finds it. He’s relentless with the way he attacks, he hits, he has a lot of really good attributes and there’s nothing to say that he won’t perform well.” you have a career ahead of you if you stay fit and keep doing what you’re doing. He’s tall, he rebounds, he’s got a high release point, he’s got a lot going for him. “
Test four against India begins at The Oval on Thursday, and Silverwood says bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Woakes are in contention for the selection.
Wood missed Test 3 with a shoulder injury, while Woakes was back in top form and played for the Birmingham Bears on Friday.
Goalkeeper Jos Buttler could be a doubt as his wife is expecting the birth of their second child, but Jonny Bairstow is ready to grab the gloves if need be.
“I’m sure Jonny can do the job if asked, and Jonny would want to do the job if asked,” Silverwood said.
“We’ve already had those conversations. He’s happy to do that.”
England’s win over India ended a seven Test winless streak, but Silverwood says he was never concerned that his position as head coach could be in jeopardy.
“Personally it was a great victory for me, but to be honest, I don’t care about my position. It’s something I make a conscious effort not to because I think it will cloud my judgment.