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How Root rates in cricket´s `Fab Four´

By Press Association


Joe Root is tipped to take over the England Test captaincy after Alastair Cook’s resignation, meaning the top four in the ICC batting rankings will all be skipper of their country.

And while there have been fears over the effect leadership may have on the 26-year-old Yorkshireman’s batting, the development of Steve Smith, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson since taking over at similar ages offers encouragement.

The late New Zealand captain Martin Crowe, writing in 2014, referred to those three plus Root as cricket’s “Fab Four”, predicting they would battle for top billing in the years to come while all captaining their teams.

An Ashes series Down Under at the end of the year will provide one of the first big tests for England’s new skipper – and should it be Root, Australia’s Smith makes a good starting point when considering the impact of the captaincy.


Averages

Smith’s pre-captaincy record is remarkably similar to Root’s current statistics, with an average of 51.83 and a strike rate of 54. Root, who has played 53 matches compared to Smith’s 30 at that stage, is one run higher on both figures at 52.80 and 55.

Since ascending to the captaincy, though, Smith has lifted his average to a stunning 73.73 while also adding nine runs to his strike rate. If Root can do something similar, England will have quite a leader on their hands – and all the more so if he can match Kohli’s leap forward.

The India star has boosted his average by more than half as captain, from a relatively modest 41.13 to 63.96, and has scored more runs in his 22 Tests as captain than in his other 31. Williamson’s progress is steadier but the New Zealander’s average is almost six runs higher since succeeding Brendon McCullum.


Conversion

The main – and largely self-inflicted – criticism of Root’s batting is that he fails to convert enough of his starts into defining scores. He has 27 Test half-centuries and only 11 hundreds, a lesser record than the rest of the top four.

The nearest comparison pre-captaincy was Williamson, with 19 fifties and 13 hundreds, and his form since offers little encouragement. It is early days, just 10 Tests into his reign, and while he is reaching 50 more often in that time he has just two tons against six fifties.

Smith has converted exactly half of his 50-plus scores as skipper, with nine hundreds and nine fifties, while captain Kohli has an outstanding eight hundreds to four fifties. The pair’s records without the captaincy saw Smith with eight hundreds and 11 fifties and Kohli seven and 10.


England captains

The fears, voiced by the likes of ex-England spinner Graeme Swann, over Root being held back by the captaincy stem from the perceived negative effect on other star England batsman to take charge.

It has not always held true, with Cook’s record in particular staying consistent. Here is how recent long-serving incumbents have fared:

Alastair Cook – As captain: 4,844 runs at 46.57, 12 hundreds, 24 fifties. Otherwise: 6,213 at 46.36, 18 hundreds, 29 fifties.Andrew Strauss – As captain: 3,343 runs at 40.76, 9 hundreds, 14 fifties. Otherwise: 3,694 at 41.04, 12 hundreds, 13 fifties.Michael Vaughan – As captain: 3,170 runs at 36.02, 9 hundreds, 13 fifties. Otherwise: 2,549 at 50.98, 9 hundreds, 5 fifties.




 

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