Shane Warne expects new captain Joe Root to change the way England play Test cricket
Joe Root and Shane Warne
Shane Warne expects new captain Joe Root to change the way England play Test cricket. Root will lead England out for the first time at Lord’s on July 6 against South Africa, and Warne believes Alastair Cook’s successor will imbue his team from the outset with attacking intent.
Warne was a notable critic of Cook in the early stages of the opener’s record-breaking stint as captain, and although he concedes improvements did come, the former Australia leg-spinner still anticipates Root’s style will be a whole new ball game.
Asked about Root’s likely approach to his high-profile new job, Warne said: “I think he has a bit more flair. Alastair Cook had a lot of strengths… I think Root will be a lot different tactically.
Even recently in India, England had a chance to win that first Test but batted too long,” he said. “That’s been a bit of a sign with England, where they’ve just batted too long (so) they can’t lose. I hope Root will be a little bit more aggressive and try and win games,” Warne added.