Joe Root resigns as England captain
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SPORT'S - April 15, 2022

Joe Root resigns as England captain

Star batsman Joe Root stepped down as England Test team captain on Friday. In 2017 he took over from Alistair Cook.

According to ESPN Cricinfo, Root has “watched more games (64), won (27) and lost (26) than any other England captain”. There was speculation that Ruth had to leave after the Ashes and the West Indies tour. England have won just one game in their last 17 Tests as captain.

Root led England to a series of unforgettable victories. Those victories included “a 4-1 home draw win over India in 2018 and a 3-1 away win in South Africa in 2020. In 2018 he became the first England male captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka in 2001. An achievement which he repeated in a 2-0 win at Sri Lanka in 2021, according to the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Root scored more runs as England captain at Test, 5,295, than his predecessor, which places him fifth on the all-time captains list for most runs.

In a statement shared by the ECB, Route said: “After returning from a Caribbean tour and having had time to reflect, I have decided to retire as captain of the men’s Test in England. It was the most challenging decision I have had to make in my career… I I love to rule my country, but I recently realized how much it has had an impact on me and the impact it has had on me outside of the game.

Ruth said she intends to continue playing for England and hopes to “help the next captain”.

ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison described Ruth as “an outstanding role model during her tenure, living up to the demands of captain Test while continuing to shine through her personal achievements”.

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