England cricketing great lan Bell has said that while there has been talk about Eoin Morgan being given Test captaincy, he feels that any other cricketer who comes in place of Joe Root will fare just the same as the incumbent Test skipper.
England have lost the Ashes after Australia took a 3-0 lead in the five-Test series, defeating the tourists by huge margins in all three games. There are calls back home to remove Root and appoint white-ball captain Morgan-the most successful T20I skipper in the world to lead the Test team as well.
While his form was patchy in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE, Morgan guided his team to the semifinal where it lost to New Zealand.
“I know there’s a lot of talk at home (about) Eoin Morgan… Eoin Morgan would not get better results out of this England Test side. I can’t sit here and blame Joe Root, I think he’s amazing. He’s carried this team for too long now with the bat… We could put Ricky Ponting as captain for this England side, he wouldn’t get any better results and he’s the best I ever played against,” Bell told sen.com.au’s Sportsday on Friday.
While the 31 year-old Root can partly be blamed for his side’s failure to re-claim the Ashes, he has led from the front as a batter, averaging 42 through the first three Tests, including three half-tonnes.