Joe Root will be a very good captain of England one day, says Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie

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Jason Gillespie, Yorkshire's first team coach, has "no issue" in predicting that Joe Root will one day captain his country.

But Gillespie warned that there should be no rush for the 25-year-old Sheffielder to take the top job, and succeed either Alastair Cook in Test match cricket or Eoin Morgan in the shorter formats of the game.

Root hit a career-best 254 in England's comprehensive win over Pakistan at Old Trafford last week, which levelled the series at 1-1, and Gillespie wrote in his London Evening Standard column: "Joe's record - averaging 56 after 44 Tests - means his is the prize wicket for any opposition side. When opponents study Joe, they see a player with no obvious weaknesses in his game.

"There are plenty of strengths but there is no Achilles heel there.

"Because he scores at a good rate, it is hard to tie him down — and he knows how to put pressure back on the bowlers. Let’s be honest, he and Alastair Cook — along with Jonny Bairstow, who is a dangerous player in the middle order — are the key wickets in that England line-up.

"Joe is the current vice-captain and while I cannot see Cook going anywhere for a good while yet, I believe Joe will captain his country full time one day. I have no issue in saying that.

"If there were an opportunity to do it, I’m sure he would do a fine job — but there is no rush. Cook is doing a very good job with the Test side, as is Eoin Morgan with the limited-overs side, and Joe will learn a lot from both. The more he can learn from them, the better-equipped he will be when the post becomes available.

"He has also learnt from Andrew Gale, our captain at Yorkshire and one of the longest-serving skippers in the county game. Andrew has made mistakes along the way and learnt from them and he’s been able to pass that knowledge on to all our players here, including Joe.

"I’m sure that through circumstances, there will be opportunities for him, whether it’s because of illness, injury or managing captains’ workloads. He will get that responsibility on occasion and you have to remember that even though he is still quite young at 25, he has become a senior figure in that England dressing room. He has leadership qualities already and in time, he will be a very good England captain."

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie

Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie