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Joe Root steps down as England Men’s Test captain

Joe Root has decided to step down from England men’s Test Captaincy role.

Following a poor run in the Men’s Ashes, Joe Root’s position was under the scanner. The England coach Chris Silverwood stepped down immediately but ECB had earlier announced that Root would stay as the captain.

However, Root announced on Friday that he would step down. The England batter took over the captaincy in 2017 as Sir Alastair Cook’s successor. He has captained the team for the most number of matches and has won 27 matches which are the most for England men’s team captain.

Joe Root’s 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.

“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.

“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”.

He will continue to represent the country as a frontline batter now.

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