Joe Root resigns as England Test cricket captain after poor run

Joe Root

Joe Root shockingly steps down from England’s Test captaincy. The pressure was piling up on the star player after the Brits suffered a 4-0 defeat in the Ashes followed by a series defeat against West Indies by 1-0.

Joe Root holds the record for winning the most number of games in red-ball cricket that puts him ahead of some of England’s top skippers like Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Sir Andrew Strauss. But, he had a poor run in Tests since 2021 losing 11 games out of 17.

Joe Root Steps Down from England’s Test Captaincy

Joe Root

“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down,” said Root said as quoted by the Times of India. “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.

“I am immensely proud to have captained my country and will look back on the past five years with enormous pride. It has been an honor to have done the job and to have been a custodian of what is the pinnacle of English cricket. I have loved leading my country, but recently it’s hit home how much of a toll it has taken on me and the impact it has had on me away from the game.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, who have lived it all with me and been incredible pillars of love and support throughout. All of the players, coaches, and support staff have helped me during my tenure. It has been a great privilege to have been with them on this journey. 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 [team] 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.”

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