England’s Test cricket team will be looking for a new captain as Joe Root has announced he is stepping down from the position after five years at the helm.
Root’s retirement comes after a period of hot form for the Test team as they were winless in their last nine games and just one win in their last 17 games.
With the 31-year-old stepping down as the longest-serving captain in terms of games played, fans will no doubt be excited to see how Joe Root’s captaincy record compares to others who have held the coveted position.
Why did Joe Root resign as England Test captain?
Joe Root confirmed on Friday April 15 that he is stepping down after five years as England’s Test captain.
Speaking in a statement released on the ECB, Root said: “It was the most difficult decision I have had to make in my career but after discussing this with my family and those closest to me; I know the timing is right.
“I am very proud to be my country’s captain and I will look back on the past five years with great pride. It was an honor to have done this job and to have been a custodian of the premier class of English cricket.”
Speaking about the reasons behind his decision, Root explained, “I’ve loved leading my country, but lately I’ve realized the toll it’s taken on me and the impact it’s had on me outside of the game.”
Joe Root was first appointed England Test captain in 2017 following the retirement of Sir Alastair Cook, becoming England’s 80th Test captain.
Joe Root’s captaincy record examined
Having captained the England Test team in a whopping 64 games, Root is the longest-serving captain in English cricket history.
Root led the Test team to 27 wins, the most of any captain, but also saw his team lose 26 times, also another record.
During his time as captain, Root totaled 5,295 runs, the most of any England skipper, and he also netted 14 centuries.
Since Root took over in 2017, England have competed in three Ashes series – 2017, 2019 and 2019 – not winning each time, losing twice and drawing in 2019, resulting in Australia retaining the Ashes.
Root’s tenure as Test captain ended after a period of hot form that saw England lose their last nine games and also win just one of their last 17 Test games in a run dating back to February 2021.
How Root’s record compares to England’s other Test captains
With 27 wins from 64 Test matches, Root has a 42.9% win rate as the England Test captain.
Among all England captains to have officiated 40 or more Test matches, Root is fourth most successful behind Andrew Strauss, Peter May and Michael Vaughan.
- Joe Root | P: 64 W: 27 L: 26 D: 11 — 42.9%
- Alastair Cook | P: 59 W: 24 L: 22 D: 13 — 40.7%
- Andreas Strauss | P: 50 W: 24 L: 11 D: 15 — 48%
- Michael Vaughan | P: 51 W: 26 L: 11 D: 14 — 50.9%
- Nasser Hussein | P: 45 W: 17 L: 15 D: 13 — 37.8%
- Michael Atherton | P: 54 W: 13 L: 21 D: 20 – 24.1%
- Peter May | P: 41 W: 20 L: 10 D: 11 – 48.9
England will now be in the hunt for a new captain with the next team following Joe Root’s retirement Test device planned for June They will host New Zealand in three tests.
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