Ben Stokes is set to captain England for the first Test against West Indies next week – but Darren Gough wouldn’t want him getting the job full time.
Usual skipper Joe Root is set to miss the match as his wife is expected to give birth to their second child.
Due to the strict controls surrounding the match amid the coronavirus pandemic, Root will need to self-isolate for seven days before being allowed to return.
And former England fast bowler Gough would not back Stokes getting the job on a permanent basis, if the situation ever arose, because of the strain it would put on the star all-rounder.
Gough told talkSPORT: “If Joe Root was to step down and say I don’t want to be captain ever again, I’m not so sure picking your player who you rely on in all occasions to be captain would be a good one.
“If you look at the two great all-rounders we’ve had. You look at Flintoff, you look at Botham – they both didn’t have successful periods of being captain.
“I’m not saying Ben Stokes would be exactly the same. When you are fielding at slip, you’re bowling and you’re batting and in the game for nearly all of it and on top of that you’ve got the captaincy. It’s not easy.”
Stokes spoke about the possible opportunity of captaining his country for the match at the Ageas Bowl next week and was looking forward to the chance.
He said: “Getting the opportunity to captain England is a huge honour, even if it is only the once you can still say: ‘Yeah I’ve captained England,’
“It’s a huge thing to think about and, if it does present itself, then obviously I’m really looking forward to it.”
Stokes had been stripped of the vice-captaincy following a fight outside a Bristol nightclub in 2017, for which he was later acquitted of affray in 2018.
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Asked about this rise from a potentially career-threatening moment, he replied: “After that happened [in Bristol] it was: ‘Right, what am I going to do from this point forward? How am I going to carry and conduct myself?’ I’m quite proud to say I’m in this situation through hard work and determination. It’s been no fluke.
“I don’t normally like to speak about myself in this way but, looking back, I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do since that incident happened. It’s been through complete dedication and hard work towards the job I do.”