Joe Root has decided to step down from the England captain post of the Test team. Joe Root, whose last assignment was against West Indies in their home, has decided to hand over the duties of England captain to Ben Stokes.
England has been suffering in the long format for a while now. Their white-ball teams have been phenomenal. Their search for a consistent opener has been going on now for a while. After Alastair Cook retired they have tried a bunch of openers but nothing has worked till now.
Joe Root said, “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.”
Joe Root has been the most successful captain of the England Cricket Team. Despite that, he was under immense pressure due to the recent display of cricket by the English.
Ben Stokes will take over the duties now who himself is suffering from a knee injury. He will go through knee surgery and is likely to come back in the series against New Zealand in June.
The Ashes’ performance brought on many former England captains Michael Atherton to call for his resignation.
“I am immensely proud to have captained my country and could appearance returned at the beyond 5 years with sizable pride. It has been an honour to have carried out the process and to be a custodian of what’s the top of English cricket,” he added.
England’s downfall started with the series against India in which they lost the series by 1-4. After that, they lost the series against New Zealand. The embarrassing Ashes was the last thing that the English captain needed.