Joe Root announced his decision to step down as England's Test captain on Friday, and the cricketing fraternity paid tribute to his contributions to English cricket as a leader.
Root led England in 64 matches, winning 27 of those Tests. But a string of poor performances, including a 4-0 drubbing against Australia in the Ashes and an away 1-0 series defeat against West Indies led many to question his position as the captain of the side. The results left England languishing at the bottom of the World Test Championship table.
Announcing his decision, Root 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."
After his decision, many former and current players were quick to react on the announcement, hailing Joe Root and his leadership abilities.
Sometimes in sport results & performances (good & bad) can get in the way of peoples judgement of the actual person. @root66 is a great human being first & foremost and I can’t imagine how hard a decision this has been for him. Congrats on all you did as @englandcricket captain— Matt Prior (@MattPrior13) April 15, 2022
He gave it everything with very little support for the Red ball team under his watch .. then he had to deal with Covid times .. he still is and will the games best role model for many many years .. now enjoy being the senior player for many more seasons @root66 👍👍— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) April 15, 2022
There’s no doubt about it @root66 is a top quality player and human being and role model for up and coming English cricketers but I feel England do need a new captain despite limited choices. Joe lacked a feel for the game and was not willing to take a risk to win a game.— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) April 15, 2022
Joe may have actually played a blinder here. Average 50 in the summer against NZ, India & SA, who I’m not sure England can beat.— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 15, 2022
Smoke cigars counting his runs and leave the horrible press conferences to someone else!
It now remains to be seen who will be appointed as Joe Root's successor, with a big task ahead of him to turn England's fortunes around before a bumper home summer.
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