Joe Root stepped down as captain of the England Test cricket team on Friday(April 15) after leading the side for five years.
Joe Root Steps Down as England Test Captain
His resignation came off the back of debacles in the Ashes and the three-match series against the West Indies.
Under Root’s leadership, England lost the Ashes series 0-4 at the start of this year and then followed it up with another shocking result against world number eight side West Indies last month. The Man in Maroon won the third Test by a ten-wicket margin, securing the Wisden Trophy.
Root took over the baton from Sir Alastair Cook in 2017 and led the side in 64 Tests. He is England’s most-capped Test captain in history and won 27 matches and suffered defeat in another 26. He ended with a win percentage of 42.18 during his five years in charge.
In the last 18 Tests under Root’s captaincy, England could only manage to win two and lose 11. And both of the wins during that period were against India.
Root and Co defeated Virat Kohli’s side in the first Test of the four-match series at MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai on February 5–9, 2021 by 227 runs, and then in the third Test of the five-match series at Headingly in Leeds on August 25–28, they bounced back with an innings and 76 run victory over India.
Joe Root’s Record as England Test Captain