Joe Root maturity makes ideal Yorkshire captaincy material

Joe Root is captaining Yorkshire at Middlesex

Joe Root is captaining Yorkshire at Middlesex

First published in Sport

Ryan Sidebottom believes Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has all the qualities required to be a future captain.

Regular skipper Andrew Gale dropped himself for the ongoing match at Middlesex to make way for 23-year-old Root, who made amends for a first-innings duck by hitting 63 second time around.

Root is the youngest Tykes captain since 1882, when Lord Hawke was handed the job at 22, and Sidebottom says the right-hander has maturity beyond his years.

“Joe’s got all the qualities to be captain, for sure,” said the Yorkshire paceman.

“He’s done very well. For such a young man he’s very mature, very laid back and he’s done brilliantly with quite a few of the senior guys here.

“Everyone has helped him along, so it’s been great. He’s very chilled out and he’s done well.

“He’s got a lot on his plate with England call-ups and trying to play regularly for England but I’m sure he’s a captain in the making for the future.”

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