How Joe Root went from kid ponder to "craptain" to England's driving man15 Sep, 2017
David English recalls exceptionally well the first occasion when he saw Joe Root. It was in 2006, when the imaginable new England commander was participating in the Bunbury Festival in Brighton, the yearly assembling of the nation's best 14-year-old cricketers that English has composed for as long as 30 years.
"I can't be sure of this," he says, "yet I'm almost certain when we had our Bunbury excursion to Nando's, it was Joe who put peri-peri sauce in Ben Stokes' Coca-Cola." Root may have been interminably glib, occupied, loaded with reasonable jokes, yet this was the champion player of an extremely capable era (Stokes, Jos Buttler and Zafar Ansari were all Bunbury peers). And still, after all that, the Root cover drive was a thing of loftiness.
"At the service we have toward the finish of the Bunbury week, he won the part: best batsman, best defender, best player," says English. "I recall that he was so little he could scarcely take every one of the trophies he won away the stage. He was overloaded with prizes."Root shared every one of the traits English had noted in the other of his celebration graduates bound to wind up England internationals. Be that as it may, there was one thing he didn't find in the then minor Sheffield schoolboy: the possibility to lead the global side.
"I wouldn't have had him down as England commander, no," he says. "Some you know from the minute you first observe them. [Alastair] Cook you knew, the way he conducted himself. Nasser Hussain: self-evident. Michael Vaughan: self-evident. Joe was an awesome, magnificent player, however not really commander. I imagined him more as a characteristic No 2, the bloke who is dependably there when you require him."