England's most successful Test captain Joe Root has stepped down from the leadership role.
After five years of leading the England Test side, Joe Root decided to step down from the captaincy on Friday, 15 April.
Root led England in 64 matches, winning 27 of those. The record meant he had the most number of matches and wins as England Men's Test Captain.
During his tenure, Root made headlines for memorable victories that included the 4-1 win against India at home in 2018, 3-1 triumph away to South Africa in 2020 and winning a Test series twice in Sri Lanka.
The decision to resign from captaincy comes after the 1-0 series loss to West Indies in the Caribbean. Before that, England were dominated 4-0 by Australia in the Ashes series Down Under.
“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test Captain," said Joe Root. "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 honour to have done the job and to have been a custodian of what is the pinnacle of English cricket.
In recent times, Root has shown exemplary form with the bat, earning him the ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year Award in 2021.
🔹 1708 runs in 15 matches— ICC (@ICC) January 30, 2022
🔹 Six hundreds and four fifties with a high score of 228
🔹 Most runs in the calendar year
ICC Men's Test Cricketer of the Year Joe Root was in a league of his own in 2021 🔥 pic.twitter.com/RIFNDo6FF5
During his reign, Root amassed 5,295 Test runs including 14 centuries to become England's most prolific run-scorer as captain. However, the leadership had started to take a toll on Root, impacting him during his time away from the game.
"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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