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Joe Root steps down as England Test captain after torrid run

In a shocking development, Joe Root has quit as England Test team captain after the team recently suffered poor form. England have only managed to win one of their last 17 Test matches under Root’s management and the pressure on him to quit was mounting.

England have been in poor form lately in Test cricket and now they have suffered another blow. Joe Root left the test team leadership role after completing a five-year tenure. The English team had lost the Ashes and then the Test series in the West Indies. Under his leadership, the team only managed to win one of their last 17 Test matches. Root led England in 64 Tests with 27 wins and 26 losses.

Root revealed he made the decision after the recent series against West Indies.

“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 have had to make in my career, but I have discussed it with my family and those closest to me. For me, I know the time has come,” Root said in a statement released by the ECB.

“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 had loved leading my country, but recently I realized how much it cost me and the impact it had on me outside the game.”

Root was named captain in 2017 after Cook Alastairhis resignation. Highlights of his spell included a series win against India at home in 2018 and against South Africa away in 2019-20. The team’s last summer defeats at home to New Zealand and India were weak moments in the captaincy. His stick never came under scrutiny, but the results under his guidance put pressure on him to step down from his post.

Root has confirmed that he would like to continue playing international cricket.

“I am delighted to continue to represent the [team] and produce performances that will allow the team to succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and the coaches in any way I can,” he explained.

With the resignation of Root from the captaincy Ben Stokes is the favorite to be the leader of the team. Rory Burns, wide stuartand Joe Buttler are other contenders, but none are certain of a place in England’s best XI. England Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison said Root was an outstanding role model.

“an outstanding role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of the Test captaincy while continuing to shine brilliantly through his own personal performances,” said Harrison.

“Joe’s leadership qualities were exemplified by 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 every person 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,” Harrison said.

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