Joe Root steps down as England Test captain | Cricket News

Joe Root resigns holding the record for most games and wins as England Men’s Test captain; Root, who replaced Sir Alastair Cook as skipper in 2017, says he ‘can’t wait to help the next captain’

Last update: 04/15/22 09:00

Joe Root has resigned as England Test captain.

Root, whose side lost their last Test series 1-0 to West Indies, said in a statement: “Having returned from the Caribbean tour and given time to reflect, I have decided to resign in as captain of the England Men’s Tests.

“It was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones, I know the time has come.

“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 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 of the players, coaches and support staff who helped me during my 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 out there.

“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 coaches in any way I can.”

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