We saw an article titled ‘Anderson wants to captain England’ and we immediately thought: ‘He’ll be lucky’.
We thought this for the exact same reasons that Anderson himself thought it:
“As a fast bowler and from the North, I suppose I’m very unlikely to get a look in.”
This is painfully true. There is a hierarchy of suitability for the position of England captain. If you can’t find someone who fits your first choice description, you move down to the next best. It runs like this:
- Public school educated southern batsman
- Southern batsman
- Public school educated northern batsman
- Northern batsman
- South African batsman
- Southern bowler
- Northern bowler
In reality, England never make it anywhere near the bottom of that list, so there might be a few other possibilities in there too. Anderson is probably less likely to be made England captain than Graeme Swann’s left batting pad, but he may just about rank above Matt Prior’s jockstrap.