Joe Root resigned as England's Test captain

Joe Root resigned as England's Test captain

Joe Root has resigned from England's Test captain, and the ECB said in a statement on Friday (April 15).

 The resignation marks the end of Root's reign in 2017 and saw him lead the Test side in most matches (64) and record the most wins in the format during his tenure (27) as England captain.

Under Root's captaincy, England won 4-1 against India at home in 2018 and registered a 3-1 triumph away in South Africa in 2020. In 2018, Root also became the first England men's captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka since 2001, a feat he repeated with a 2-0 victory in 2021.

However, Root steps down after a rather tough 14 months in-charge of the red-ball side, which multiple Test defeats to India home and away, a 0-4 Ashes humiliation in Australia, the failure to make the Test Championship finale, and most recently, a 0-1 loss in the three-match series in West Indies, which eventually proved to be the tipping point for Root.

"After returning from the West Indies tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as Captain England Men's Test Captain," Joe Root said. "It has been the callous decision I have had to make in my career, but having discussed this with my family and friends, those closest to me, I know the timing is right."

"I am proud to have captained my country and will look back on the last five years with great pride. It has been a great pleasure to have done the job and been a guardian of the peak of English cricket.

"I am thrilled to continue representing the Three Lions and producing performances that will allow the team to succeed. I look ahead to helping the next captain, my teammates, and coaches in whatever way."

The Root is England's second-highest Test run-scorer, behind only Cook, and has 14 centuries as the team's captain. His tally of 5295 runs as skipper is the highest by any England captain and puts him fifth in the all-time list behind Virat Kohli, Alan Border, Ricky Ponting, and Graeme Smith.

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said 

"Joe Root has been an exceptional role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of Test captaincy while continuing to shine brilliantly through his performances," 

"He has led by example, resulting in more Test wins than any other England captain, alongside some famous series away and home victories.

"Joe Root's leadership qualities were exemplified by how he led the team through some of the most challenging and uncertain times we have known, playing during the pandemic worldwide, which speaks volumes for him as a leader and person.

"Off the field, Joe has been no different. It has been a privilege and a huge pleasure to have worked with him as our Test Captain, and I know he'll continue to drive English cricket forward as a senior player, offering his experience and advice to support his successor."

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