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England’s Joe Root gives up Test captaincy

Root was appointed captain in 2017 after Cook's resignation. Highlights of his tenure included series wins against India at home in 2018 and against South Africa away in 2019-20, while successive 4-0 series defeats in Australia and last summer's losses at home to New Zealand and India were among the low moments.

England’s Joe Root has stepped down from Test captaincy with an immediate effect. Following the England Cricket’s Test nightmares for the last many games, Root felt stepping down from leadership will be the best option working in favour of the nation’s red-ball cricket.

He has been in the role for five years leading the three Lions in 64 games, the most by any skipper, ending 27 on a winning note, and losing 26. But, the team has won only a single encounter in the last 17 games.

After a recent series defeat versus the West Indies, there have been multiple calls bashing Joe to step down. Although he had been confident in leading the team after the Ashes Test series horrible defeat, now he feels it is the right team to bid farewell to a 5-year old captaincy career, finding it the most challenging decision.

“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England’s 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.

He commented that he will continue his career as a player, assisting upcoming England’s Test captain and the team.

“I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and coaches in whatever way I can.”

England’s Joe Root’s probable successors as Test captain

No doubt, the team’s vice-captain Ben Stokes is the next in the lane of favourites. Also, Jos Buttler, Rory Burns, and Stuart Broad are among the favourite contenders. Notably, Root was appointed skipper in 2017 after Alastair Cook’s resignation.

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