April 15,2022(New Delhi): Joe Root has ended his role as England Test captain after accepting his negative results in five years of his journey and a recent 12-month period of downfall results and off-field change – had come at a personal cost. The 31-year-old ended last month’s 1-0 defeat by West Indies insisting he was “passionate” about remaining in charge despite the winter’s failed Ashes campaign, one win in his last 17 Tests and a record fifth series without victory.
“I would also like to thank all the England supporters for their unwavering support. We are lucky to have the best fans in the world, and wherever we play, that positivity is something we always cherish and admire, which is a huge drive for all of us out there. I am excited to continue representing the Three Lions and producing performances that will enable the team to succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and coaches in whatever way I can,” Root said in the statement.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, Carrie, Alfred and Bella, who have lived it all with me and been incredible pillars of love and support throughout. All of the players, coaches and support staff that have helped me during my tenure. It has been a great privilege to have been with them on this journey.
“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England men’s Test captain,” Root said in a statement issued by the board.
“It has been the most challenging decision I have had to make in my career but having discussed this with my family and those closest to me; I know the timing is right.”
After taking charge in 2017 as Alastair Cook’s successor, Root led England in a record 64 Tests. His 27 wins and 26 defeats as captain of England has been recorded. But what added to his downfall was his last 17 Tests in which he only grabs one victory, He also have not performed very well with his bat for long.
Written by: Manshi Singh