Michael Atherton says Ben Stokes is not a ‘long-term choice’ to captain the England Test

Ben Stokes has been named England’s new Test captain and former skipper Michael Atherton believes the all-rounder should only be doing the job “for a short time”.

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Michael Atherton warned against it Ben Stokes should not be a “long-term pick” as Test captain urges England letting him “give it his all for a little while” before giving him up.

Stokes was officially named England captain on Thursdaysubstitute Joe root after him resigned earlier this month. The all-rounder said he was “honored” to have gotten the jobwhich it describes as a “real privilege”.

He said: “I’m honored to have the chance to lead the England Test team. This is a real privilege and I look forward to getting started this summer.

“I would like to thank Joe for everything he has done for English cricket and for always being a great ambassador for the sport around the world. He’s been a big part of my development as a dressing room leader and he will continue to be a key ally for me in that role.”

And England’s new chief executive of men’s cricket Rob Key insisted that “the time was right” for Stokes to become captain and that he was “ready for the added responsibility”.

Atherton, who led England for 54 Tests between 1993 and 2001, agrees the “time is right” for Stokes to get the job but believes it should only be a short-term option.

Michael Atherton has given his verdict on the appointment of Ben Stokes as England Tests captain


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In his latest column for the TimesAtherton wrote: “It would be a mistake to necessarily think of Stokes as a long-term choice. After seeing how the job wears down even the toughest and toughest of characters, the same needn’t happen to Stokes.

“Let him give everything for a short time to change attitude and approach and then step back while he has more to give as a player.

“The English captain, it was once said, is a coconut, not a crown. No doubt there will be a lot of people who shy away from it in the coming months, but to quote Key, ‘The time has come. ‘ It really is.”

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