Joe Root steps down as England Test captain | Cricket News

Joe Root steps down holding the record for having the most matches and wins as an England men’s Test captain; Root, who replaced Sir Alastair Cook as skipper in 2017, says he “looks forward to helping the next captain”

Last Updated: 15/04/22 9:00 am


Joe Root has stepped down as England Test captain.

Root, whose side lost their most recent Test series 1-0 against the West Indies, said in a statement: “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.

“I am immensely proud to have captained my country and will look back on the past five years with enormous pride. It has been an honor to have done the job and to have been a custodian of what is the pinnacle of English cricket.

“I have loved leading my country, but recently it’s hit home how much of a toll it has taken on me and the impact it has had on me away from the game.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, Carrie, Alfred and Bella, who have lived it all with me and been incredible pillars of love and support throughout. All of the players, coaches and support staff that have helped me during my tenure.It has been a great privilege to have been with them on this journey.

“I would also like to thank all the England supporters for their unwavering support. We are lucky 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 drive for all of us out there.

“I am excited to continue representing the Three Lions and producing performances that will enable the team to succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and coaches in whatever way I can.”

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