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Joe Root steps down as England Tests captain


Joe Root quits: Ben Stokes next England Tests captain? – The writings were there on the wall and it’s finally official – Joe Root has resigned as England Test captain. While Root has been at the top as a player, under his captaincy England have hit rock bottom, including a 4-0 thrashing of the Ashes. Ben Stokes is the next to take over as he is the vice-captain of the team. Follow all updates live on InsideSport.IN.

Joe Root resigns: it’s official! Joe Root quits Test Captain under pressure as Test REBOOT fails miserably, Ben Stokes takes over

Despite being England’s most successful Test captain, Root was under immense pressure after the humiliating loss to Australia in the Ashes.

“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 had to make in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones, I know the time has come,” Joe Root said in a statement.

The Ashes debacle prompted many former England captains, including Michael Atherton, to demand his resignation.

“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, he added.

Joe Root resigns: it’s official! Joe Root quits Test Captain under pressure as Test REBOOT fails miserably, Ben Stokes takes over

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Joe Root quits: Why did Root have to quit?

  • Root was England’s most successful Test captain with a winning record of 42.18%.
  • But England’s struggle in India in a 1-4 series loss has sparked debate.
  • This was followed by a loss to New Zealand at home and trailing India by 1-2.
  • England were humbled in the Ashes 0-4.
  • England lost to West Indies 0-1, marking the final nail in the coffin.

Root was appointed test captain in 2017. He took over from Sir Alastair Cook and made an impressive start to his captaincy. Root beat South Africa in the home Test series and announced himself as the leader of the team. The right-hitter also won a memorable five-game Test series against India 4-1.

In 2018, Root also became the first-ever Test captain to win a series in Sri Lanka since 2001. He also won a Test series in South Africa.

Joe Root resigns: it’s official! Joe Root quits Test Captain under pressure as Test REBOOT fails miserably, Ben Stokes takes over

Ben Stokes set to take over as England Test captain

  • Over the past year the England team have struggled to win Test matches and that has hurt Root as a leader.
  • The 31-year-old was exceptional as a hitter but couldn’t inspire the team to win in the Ashes Down Under series and against West Indies away.
  • Ben Stokes is likely to be Root’s successor. Talk has been circulating among cricket pundits that Stokes can inspire the team to greater heights
  • The left-hander is an inspirational figure in the English dressing room and commands respect
  • He was also assistant to Joe Root for the longest time

Joe Root resigns: it’s official! Joe Root quits Test Captain under pressure as Test REBOOT fails miserably, Ben Stokes takes over




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