Joe Root steps down as England Test captain following West Indies defeat

Joe Root has stepped down as England Test captain following the West Indies defeat. The team will now look to Alastair Cook for guidance while they rebuild ahead of next year’s Ashes series in Australia.

The “ashes reaction” is the reaction of Joe Root following his resignation as England Test captain. He resigned after a defeat against West Indies in the second test, which put England at 0-2 down in their four match test series.

Joe Root leads England outJoe Root was England’s captain for five years.

Joe Root has resigned as England’s Test captain, citing the role’s “toll” and “effect” on him.

In 2017, the 31-year-old was named Sir Alastair Cook’s successor, and he retains the record for most matches and victories as captain.

However, England’s most recent series as captain ended in defeat to the West Indies, with the 10-wicket third Test defeat extending England’s losing streak to nine matches.

Root previously said that he wished to continue on, but has now changed his mind, stating that “the moment is right.”

Root, who has not stepped down as an England player, said, “It has been the most difficult choice I have had to make in my career – but having discussed this with my family and those closest to me, I feel the moment is right.”

“I am very pleased to have led my nation and will cherish the memories of the previous five years.”

“It’s been a privilege to undertake the job and to be a guardian of what is the peak of English cricket.”

“I’ve always enjoyed leading my nation, but it’s only just been clear how much of a toll it’s taken on me and the influence it’s had outside of the game.”

Root’s 5,295 runs as captain are the most of any England captain, and he also hit 14 centuries during his time in charge.

He is England’s second-highest Test run scorer of all time, having guided his side to a record 64 Test victories but also overseeing the most losses (27). (26).

Two 4-0 Ashes defeats in Australia in 2017-18 and 2021-22 are among his memorable series losses.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to represent the Three Lions and putting in performances that will help the team flourish,” Root said.

“I eagerly anticipate assisting the next captain, my teammates, and coaches in any way I can.”

‘He has set an example for others to follow.’

Last month’s series loss in the Caribbean came after England’s 4-0 Ashes loss to Australia, and it’s England’s fourth series loss in a row – fifth if you include the ongoing series against India, in which England is behind 2-1.

England has only won one of their last 17 Tests, their longest losing streak since the 1980s.

Following the exits of Ashley Giles and Chris Silverwood after the Ashes, they are in the process of selecting a new managing director and men’s head coach.

Once those roles were filled, it was anticipated that a decision on Root’s future would be made.

“During his time as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) chief executive Tom Harrison observed, “Joe has been an amazing role model, combining the rigors of Test captaincy while continuing to shine brightly through his own personal performances.”

“He has led by example, resulting in more Test triumphs than any previous England captain, as well as a number of great series successes at home and away.”

“Joe’s leadership abilities were illustrated by how he led the team through some of the most difficult and uncertain moments we’ve seen, including playing during the global pandemic, which speaks volumes for him as a leader and as a person.”

“I’m certain that everyone who has played or worked under Joe’s captaincy would speak well of his personal honesty and humility, as well as his dedication and leadership example.”

“Joe has been the same on and off the field. It’s been a luxury and a great pleasure to work with him as our Test captain, and I’m certain that as a senior player, he’ll continue to push English cricket ahead, lending his wealth of knowledge and wisdom to his successor.”

Analysis

Jonathan Agnew is a cricket journalist for the BBC.

On a variety of levels, I believe it is the correct option. I believe Root had reached the end of his career, and many people said that he should have retired after the Ashes, but they attempted a red-ball reset in the Caribbean, which backfired.

Anyone who had been there on that last day in Grenada to see England’s collapse and loss would have realized it was time for a change. It wasn’t the captain’s fault that England batted poorly; they had done so during his command; it was simply a sign to me that the squad needed a fresh direction.

This news does not surprise me. It’s the proper thing to do. I spoke with him after the game, and he seemed fatigued. This position entails much more than merely leading a squad onto the field. It’s a big job with a big responsibility. No one has done it longer, and he has a young family to support.

He’s had his heart set on this job for a long time. Joe Root is a wonderful guy, and it’s a shame he’s gone, but England captains are like prime ministers: you come into Downing Street waving and applauding, and everyone is delighted to see you, and then you sneak out the back in an ugly manner. That’s how things operate.

You don’t want to confine these colossal personalities, match-winning individuals, to the captaincy’s manacles. Having said that, I don’t believe there is a better choice than Ben Stokes. If you’re going to bring someone in from the outside, be sure he’ll be able to maintain his job.

You need someone who is experienced and doesn’t have to do it forever, in my opinion. If it’s Ben, there’s a solid case for a short-term captain, but he’s now nursing an injured knee.

Stuart Broad and James Anderson are not illogical choices. Those two have a great deal of experience. The issue is that they’re retired bowlers who might collapse at any moment, so where are you? That is the problem with appointing one of them as captain.

Plus, they’re both irritated that they were left off of the West Indies trip, and that boil has to be drained.

If you look at English cricket right now, they don’t have a chairman, there’s constant speculation about the chief executive leaving (whether he is or not, it’s still highly upsetting), they don’t have a coach, managing director, and now they don’t have a captain. That is where English cricket stands at the moment.

In the past 17 games, they have only won one. There is a tremendous amount of work to be done.

‘He’s given it his all,’ says the audience.

Ben Stokes, Root’s England teammate, paid homage to the Yorkshire batsman, praising him for “giving everything.”

“I believe Joe has made a fair choice,” former England assistant head coach Paul Farbrace told Radio 5 Live. Joe has carried not just the leadership and the team, but also the batting for a long time on his big shoulders. I believe he made the proper choice, and I’m glad he was able to do so.

“He will have no trouble getting on with his work because all he cares about is England cricket because he is such a terrific team player and such a decent guy in the dressing room.” He isn’t a man with a colossal ego.

“He’s gotten a lot of flak tactically, but the most important thing for any captain is that he has the support of the dressing room, which he has.” At the time, our Test match squad lacks the necessary quality.

“This isn’t about Joe Root being a bad captain and why England hasn’t performed well; we just don’t have a squad capable of contending in the world right now, but Joe has done all he can to assist the team in playing their best. He’s done a terrific job of maintaining his shape.”

“There’s been so much chatter about the possibilities,” former England captain David Gower told Radio 5 Live, “and it was always a matter of whether Joe would make his own choice or whether someone would make that decision for him.”

“Since the conclusion of the West Indies tour, he’s had time to reflect on his position, and the harsh reality is that nothing has gone well under his guidance in the previous 12-18 months.”

“At some point – and I remember this from all those years ago – you realize that no matter what you say or do, it’s no longer going to motivate a squad.” You end yourself repeating yourself and saying the same thing. Even if new people join the team, the vibe stays the same.

“A number of individuals, including myself, had determined that a fresh voice was needed.”

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Joe Root has stepped down as England Test captain following the West Indies defeat. It is not yet clear who will replace Root, but it is likely that he will be replaced by one of the other players in the squad. Reference: ashes highlights bbc.

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