On 15th April, England and Wales Cricket Board made a formal announcement that Joe Root has resigned from Test captaincy. The premier batsman has decided to relinquish the post of Test captaincy after taking over the reins in June 2017.
Since being named Test captain, Joe Root led England in almost 64 matches, in which registered 27 victories and 26 losses. 11 matches have ended in a draw. He became the only England captain to register 27 victories.
During Joe Root’s tenure, England managed to beat India by a comprehensive margin of 4-1 and retain the Pataudi Trophy. In 2020, England managed to beat South Africa and retain the Basil D’Oliveira Trophy. In 2018, Joe Root-led unit completed a whitewash over Sri Lanka in the three-match Test series. In 2021, Joe Root and co. completed a clean sweep over Sri Lanka in the two-match series played in Sri Lanka.
Joe Root made this decision after a tough 14-month period, where they lost the series to India in home conditions and in India. The side also suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ashes series played down under. Recently, Joe Root-led unit lost the three-match series against West Indies played in the Caribbean. Consistently poor performances in red-ball cricket prompted him to relinquish test captaincy of England cricket team.
After a tough 12 months, Joe Root said that he decided to resign from Test captaincy. He further stated that he discussed it with family and friends close to him and knew it’s the right time to step down as England’s Test captain. He said that he is extremely honored to lead the country in Test format and will look on his captaincy tenure with enormous pride.
Joe Root said that loved leading his country but in recent times its taken a huge toll on him mentally and physically. He also thanked England supporters for their tremendous support during this tough period. Root said that he is excited for this summer and will be keen to continue his rich vein of form in Test format.
Currently, Joe Root is second highest run-getter of all time for England, behind Alastair Cook. He notched up 14 centuries as England’s Test captain. He accumulated 5,295 runs which is the highest runs for an England captain in Test cricket.