Joe Root steps down as England’s Test team captain
April 15, 2022
Joe Root has stepped down as England Test captain following a run of poor results capped by dispiriting tours of Australia and the Caribbean.
The 31-year-old was appointed as Alastair Cook’s successor in 2017 and holds the record for the most number of matches and wins as England Test captain
His 27 victories put him ahead of Michael Vaughan (26), Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss (24 each). But of his last 17 Tests in charge, he won just one.
Series defeats to India (Ongoing), New Zealand at home and a Ashes thrashing in the down under followed by the loss against West Indies
Have seen the red ball side slip to the bottom of the World Test Championship table with Root overseeing his 26th defeat as skipper, which is also an England record.
“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test captain.
It has been the most challenging decision I have had to make in my career but having discussed this with my family and those closest to me
I know the timing is right, Root said in a statement released by the ECB.