Full-time captaincy a workload in future for Ben Stokes: Nasser Hussain

Last Updated: Sunday, 5 July 2020 (19:41 IST)
New Delhi: Former England captain weighs in on all-rounder as stand-in captain in first Test against West Indies, but is worried a little bit about his workload in the future if given the role full-time.

“Generally, what Ben does is a bit like Virat. Everything he does, he does it at 100 mile an hour. So, I think he will be an excellent captain, he’s only a stand-in captain,” Hussain said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Connected’.
 
“Joe Root is off with that baby, his second child. I think as a stand-in captain, I am absolutely behind it, absolutely great choice, very loyal as well to Joe Root.
 
“He won’t have any kind of grandeur thinking that this is my job for life. But as a long-term thing - all-rounder with so much on his plate, plays three formats, IPL possibly coming up - I think there’s too much on his shoulders, but never write-off Ben Stokes.
 
“He could make an exceptional captain, but I am worried a little bit about his workload in the future if he does it full time.”
 
Stokes will take the charge in the first Test against West Indies starting July 8 at Southampton as Test skipper Root will be with his wife for the birth of their second child. (UNI)