Ryan Sidebottom believes Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has all the qualities required to be a future captain after the 23-year-old led his side to a commanding lead over Middlesex in the LV= County Championship at Lord's.
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Regular skipper Andrew Gale dropped himself to make way for Root who made amends for a first-innings duck by hitting 63 and helping Yorkshire to a 268-run advantage on day two.
Root is the youngest Tykes captain since 1882 when Lord Hawke was handed the job at 22 and Sidebottom says the right-hand bat has maturity beyond his years.
"Joe's got all the qualities to be captain, for sure," said Sidebottom, who finished the day with four for 34.
"He's done very well, for such a young man he's very mature, very laid back and he's done brilliantly with quite a few of the senior guys here.
"Everyone has helped him along so it's been great, he's very chilled out and he's done well.
"He's got a lot on his plate with England call-ups and trying to play regularly for England but I'm sure he's a captain in the making for the future."
Sidebottom was in excellent form himself as he took three early wickets including the crucial scalp of Eoin Morgan on 33.
His superb morning spell prompted a middle-order collapse from Middlesex who were bowled out for a paltry 123 in reply to Yorkshire's 178.
The Tykes were then 213 for four at the close of play.
"I'm really pleased, it's always nice to contribute - it was an important first hour so to get us off to a good start was great," Sidebottom said.
"I think that's credit to the way we bowled as a unit as well. Since the start of the season we've bowled well as a quartet, we all compliment each other really well.
"We really needed to get a couple of early wickets this morning to put them under pressure and get a bit of momentum and fortunately we did that."
One of Sidebottom's bowling partners was Liam Plunkett who was a menace to the Middlesex order throughout, taking two wickets for just 16 runs.
Sidebottom believes Plunkett deserves to be in the frame for international selection given his early-season form.
"Liam's a fit guy, he's bowling really fast and I think with the way he's performing England should definitely take note," he said,
"He's bowling fast - I wouldn't want to bat against him and that compliments all the other guys.
"Even though he hasn't taken so many wickets he's helping the other guys take wickets at the other end."