Joe Root has resigned as England captain, saying the decision was the toughest of his career.
Joe Root has resigned as England Test captain.
The 31-year-old, who succeeded Sir Alastair Cook as captain in 2017, ends his tenure with the most appearances (64) and wins (27) as England men’s Test skipper.
Root’s decision follows a run of just one win in England’s last 17 Test matches, dating back to February 2021, which ended with a series defeat at the West Indies last month.
« Having returned from the Caribbean tour and given time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test captain, » Root said in a statement.
« It was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones, I know the time has come.
“I am extremely proud to have captained my country and I will look back on the last five years with enormous pride. It was an honor to have done the job and to have been the caretaker of what is the pinnacle of English cricket.
“I loved leading my country, but recently I realized how much it cost me and the impact it had on me outside the game.
“I am delighted to continue to represent the Three Lions and to produce performances that will allow the team to succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and coaches in any way I can. »
Root has overseen several successes during his time as captain, including a 4-1 home win over India in 2018 and away triumphs against South Africa and Sri Lanka.
The Yorkshire batsman is currently England’s second all-time goalscorer, behind Cook, while Root’s 14 centuries as skipper have helped him reach a record 5,295 runs for an England captain.
Root’s tenure has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen England rotate players due to fears over the mental health impact of playing playoffs while living in bio-secure bubbles.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Joe has been an outstanding role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of the Test captaincy while continuing to shine brilliantly through his own personal performances. He led by example, and that resulted in more Test wins. than any other England captain, alongside a number of famous home and away wins.
« Joe’s leadership qualities were exemplified in how he led the team through some of the toughest and most uncertain times we’ve seen, playing during the pandemic all over the world, which says long for him as a leader and as a person.
“I know that everyone who has played or worked under Joe will speak of his integrity and humility as a person, as much as his determination and example as a leader. »
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