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Leaders are born not made. Just because Joe Root is England's best batsman, don't assume he will be a great captain

Joe Root (right) will replace Alastair Cook (left) as England Test captain
Joe Root (right) will replace Alastair Cook (left) as England Test captain Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Every cricket lover knows Joe Root will be made England captain shortly. But just because he is our best batsman, one of the best in the world, don’t automatically assume he will be a great captain.

He does not know how he will go until he is tested in the heat of matches. He has grown up very close to Michael Vaughan. They still talk quite a lot on cricket and if he keeps using Michael’s knowledge and experience it will help him in the job. 

But be very clear. In the middle of tough situations every great leader should trust HIS gut feeling - nobody else’s. Root has to be more adventurous than Alastair Cook and not put his faith in statistics or theory. He has to be his own man. If he does that then he will give himself the best chance of success.

Joe Root (left) and Alastair Cook Credit: GETTY IMAGES
The Old Trafford honours board Credit: GETTY IMAGES

Personally, I don’t think you can make captains. They are born not made. Sometimes it is pure luck that lands them the job. When Michael Vaughan...

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