It Would Have Been Nice To Have Been Considered for Capataincy Job, Says James Anderson
When Alastair Cook resigned earlier this year after leading his side in 59 matches stretched at a span of four and a half years, Joe Root was touted to be the immediate successor to take the Test captaincy mantle.
The other names that did the rounds where Jonny Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes; however, they offered no competition to Root who was speculated as the natural choice by the ECB as well as the fans.
Ironically, there was one name that didn’t cross the minds of anyone – James Anderson. The skilful seamer, a veteran of 122 Tests was never in the race surprisingly was never in the race. The 32-year-old, in a recent interview, admits he felt he would be considered as one of the probable to fill the vacancy but was never approached.
“I don’t know if I’d have taken the captaincy but it would have been nice to have been considered for it,” Anderson said.
There were a couple of strong reasons behind the snub. The cricketer has been prone to injuries in recent times and being on the other side of the thirties as a fast bowler never guarantees a prolonged period of time on the field. Anderson admitted these facts.
“From a personal point of view I’d have seriously thought about it, but from the outside looking in, I’d have thought: is this actually where the team needs to go – with a 34-year-old as captain? I don’t know how long I’m going to keep going for and in the grand scheme of things it makes sense for a younger guy to do it. But most of the fast bowling captains I’ve known have been pretty successful and I don’t know why it is that more fast bowlers aren’t given the opportunity to do it. I’m all for bowlers being captains.”
A typical Anderson, however, was full praise of his new captain Joe Root and spoke high of him as a cricketer, rating him as the best player in the team.
“Joe’s got everything he needs to be a captain. He’s matured a hell of a lot and he’s become a father as well, which will help that process. He’s got a good cricket brain, he’s had a couple of years as a vice-captain and he’s comfortably our best player. People will worry whether his batting suffers but he’s dealt with anything that’s been thrown at him so far and I think he’ll cope with that in the same way. I will buy into whatever Joe wants from the team. If he wants me to change my bowling, I’ll discuss it with him.”
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