“It was an honor but it was expensive”

Joe Root has resigned as England Test captain following the Ashes disaster in Australia and a series defeat in the West Indies.

The ECB released a statement saying Root had chosen to step down in the wake of recent results, with the record skipper citing the heavy price it has cost him but also saying he was extremely proud of his achievements.

Root holds the record for most appearances and wins as England Men’s Test captain with 27 wins, ahead of Michael Vaughan (26), Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss (24 each), but the side have not won only once in his last 17 years. exits.

After returning from the Caribbean tour and having had time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test captain. It was the hardest decision I had to make in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones; I know the time has come,” Root said in the ECB statement.

“I am extremely proud to have captained my country and I will look back on the last five years with immense 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 want to take this opportunity to thank my family, Carrie, Alfred and Bella, who have been through it all with me and have been incredible pillars of love and support throughout. All the players, coaches and support staff who helped me during my tenure. It was a great privilege to have been with them on this trip.

“I would also like to thank all of the English fans for their unwavering support. We are blessed 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 driving force for all of us.

“I am delighted to continue to represent the Three Lions and produce performances that will see the team succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and the coaches in any way I can.

Root was heavily criticized for his leadership in the Ashes 4-0 tour defeat as the side drew the opening two matches against West Indies before capitulating in the third Test to lose by 10 wickets.

The versatile Ben Stokes is Root’s likely successor, especially as he is one of the very few England players to have a place in the squad who has captaincy experience.

After being named Cook’s successor in 2017, Root led the team to a 4-1 win over India in 2018 and a 3-1 triumph over South Africa in 2020. In 2018 he became the first English captain to win a Test. streak in Sri Lanka since 2001, a feat he repeated with a 2-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2021.

He is England’s second-highest try scorer of all time behind Cook and has scored 14 centuries as a skipper. His total of 5,295 runs as captain is the most of any Englishman and puts him fifth on the all-time list behind only Graeme Smith, Alan Border, Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli.

ECB CEO Tom Harrison said Root would “continue to drive English cricket forward as a senior player, offering his wealth of experience and advice to support his successor”.

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