Joe Root bids farewell from Test captaincy for England

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Joe Root has finally decided to step down from England’s Test captaincy after 5 successful years.

Root became captain of the side in 2017 and saw great victories under his tenure.

In 2018, England defeated India at home by a margin of 4-1.

Then in 2020, England beat South Africa in their away series by 3-1.

Root also had a succession of wins against Sri Lanka on the latter’s home soil.

England beat Sri Lanka for the first time after 2001.

England then went on to repeat the feat by beating Sri Lanka once again 2-0 in 2021.

Root has now led England for the most number of Test matches.

He also has the most wins under his belt as captain of England.

But, recently Root and Co. faced severe losses which broke the team morale immensely.

It all started with Test defeats against India both home and away, the Ashes humiliation of 0-4, not being able to make it to the finals of the ICC World Test Championship and the latest loss being 0-1 in a three-match series against West Indies.

Root gave a message to all his fans stating that he has finally decided to step down as England captain.

He felt that it is the right timing and that he would now help in assisting his successor.

He was thankful to all his family and close ones who stood by him through all his victories and losses.

Joe Root is also on the list of all-time highest run scorers as Test captain and is behind Graeme Smith, Alan Border, Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli at the fifth position.

He has so far amassed 5295 runs as the captain of the English Test team.

Tom Harrison, CEO of ECB also praised and thanked Root for the memorable victories that he gave as Test captain to England.

He added that Root had brought many glories to English cricket as captain which can never be forgotten.

He finally wished Root all the best for his future as a senior player in the team and knew that he would help the new captain with his vast experience and knowledge.

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