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Joe Root quits as England Test captain, says ‘the time has come’ after Ashes failure and West Indies series defeat


Joe Root has resigned as England Test team captain.

Root was named Sir Alastair Cook’s successor in 2017 and holds the record for most wins as England captain with 27.

Root quit as England captain
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However, his role has come under scrutiny after a string of dismal results this winter.

England were beaten 4-0 in the Ashes, a series that cost coach Chris Silverwood his job.

Root survived as captain but things did not improve in the West Indies and a defeat in the Caribbean led to the 31-year-old deciding to step down.

Root said: “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 has been the hardest decision I have ever had. had to take in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones; I know the time is right.

“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.

Joe Root quits as England Test captain, says 'the time has come' after Ashes failure and West Indies series defeat
Root holds the record for most wins as England Test captain
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“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 led England to a number of famous wins, including a 4-1 home win over India in 2018 and a 3-1 away triumph over South Africa in 2020.

In 2018 he became the first England male captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka since 2001, a feat he repeated with a 2-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2021.

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