England Test leader, Joe Root steps down from his post

Arjun Bhalla

Arjun Bhalla

Author| Apr 15, 8:07 AM


In a shocking development, England's most prominent batter and their Test captain, Joe Root has stepped down from the leadership of the longest format of the game. Just like any other former Test leader from England, Root has always been under scrutiny for the way of leading his team. 

The development has come to light after the Three Lions' horrendous performance against the West Indies in the Caribbean Islands and the Ashes-rivals Australia Down Under.

“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down,” Root told 'The Guardian'. “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.”

The former skipper added, “I am excited to continue representing the team and producing performances that will enable the team to succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and coaches in whatever way I can.”

Root has been the most successful Test skipper in the history of England cricket, with 27 wins under his belt. However, the right-handed batter was under scrutiny after losing 4-0 to Australia down under. Just a few months later, they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of West Indies, following which Root has decided to step down from the role.

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