Former Australian off-spinner Nathan Hauritz is of the opinion that this year’s Ashes series could be the last Ashes stint for England Test skipper Joe Root.
Speaking in a video on the YouTube channel ‘Behind The Stumps with Anuj’, Nathan Hauritz laid down his thoughts on what approach should the England skipper. He also asserted that if England wants to win, Root, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes need to take responsibility.
“I don’t see all of the England Tests, but I have seen Ashes Tests and there are different tactics where you wonder what he is thinking or doing. I think personally Joe Root should play a game of throwing caution to the wind. It could be his last ever Ashes series. He is going to have Buttler and Stokes back so those three batters should take on full responsibility,” Nathan Hauritz said.
Under Joe Root’s captaincy, England lost the Ashes in the 2017-18 season, getting white-washed by Australia 4-0. The team failed to win the series in the following year as well, ending the series in a draw.
Hauritz also shared his views on Tim Paine and explained why he is the right choice to lead the team in the Ashes. He added that Tim Paine knows his job well and so far his performance has been commendable.
“I do think he (Paine) is the right man to lead Australia into the Ashes. He did an incredible job when he came on board and he has led that team outstandingly. I think the opportunity after the Ashes is for someone like Marnus or someone coming through pinpointed to lead the team. Paine is a world-class keeper and a very good captain and batsman. So I don’t see Australia making any change before the Ashes,” Nathan Hauritz concluded.
England is all set to face team India in a five-match Pataudi Trophy starting August 4. The gem will serve as a perfect opportunity for their preparation for the Ashes, which is set to take place in December.