Ben Stokes tipped to replace Joe Root as England captain after the Ashes

Former Australia star Brad Haddin has backed Ben Stokes to replace Joe Root as England skipper, claiming "Stokes tactically is the best captain".

Root's captaincy has come under fire in the Ashes, with his decision to bat first at the Gabba, team selection and bowling plans all coming in for criticism.

Notably, ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting laid into Root after he admitted England "didn't bowl the right lengths" in the second Test in Adelaide.

"I nearly fell off my seat when I heard that," Ponting said. "Whose job is it then to make them change? Why are you captain then?

"If you can't influence your bowlers on what length to bowl, what are you doing on the field?"

Ian Chappell has also delivered a scathing attack on Root, saying: "What is the opposite definition of excellent leadership? There's a good chance it can be summed up by Joe Root's captaincy."

Now, Haddin has questioned Root's future as England captain, suggesting vice-captain Stokes could be a better option.

Speaking on Triple M Cricket, Haddin said: "What they did really well tactically was the fourth morning. Who was off [the field]? Joe Root.

"Ben Stokes took over and it just looked a lot more calm. He had a plan, the bowlers bowled fuller, he had catching midwickets and short covers.

"They bowled at the stumps and they challenged Australia. They took four wickets for, I think, under 20 runs and they put Australia under pressure.

"Root came back on and it all went downhill again. So, to me something's not quite right.

"I think Ben Stokes tactically is the best captain. If you look at the first two Test matches, they haven't got it right.

"He [Root] is involved in the selection committee with the coach and the coach has come out and said 'we've picked the right teams'.

"Then the bowling coach said 'you haven't picked the right teams' and Joe Root says 'you're not bowling the right lengths'."

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