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Joe Root steps down as England Test captain – Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism

London [UK]April 15: Striker Joe Root resigned as captain of the England Test team on Friday, following the series loss to the West Indies.
Root holds the record for most appearances and wins as England Men’s Test captain. His 27 wins put him ahead of Michael Vaughan (26), Sir Alastair Cook and Sir Andrew Strauss (24 each).
“After returning from the Caribbean tour and having had time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test captain. It was the hardest decision I have had to make in my career, but after discussing it with my family and loved ones; I know the time is right,” Joe Root said in an official statement.
“I am extremely proud to have captained my country and I will look back on the last five years with immense pride. It was an honor to have done the job and to have been the caretaker of what is the pinnacle of English cricket. I loved running my country but recently I realized how much it cost me and the impact it had on me outside the game,” he added.
Root was named captain following Cook’s resignation in 2017. He led the team to a number of famous series wins, including a 4-1 home series victory over India in 2018 and a 3- 1 away against South Africa in 2020.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank my family, Carrie, Alfred and Bella, who have been through it all with me and have been incredible pillars of love and support throughout. All the players, coaches and support staff who helped me during my tenure. It was a great privilege to have been with them on this journey,” said the England batter.
“I would also like to thank all of the English fans for their unwavering support. We are blessed to have the best fans in the world, and wherever we play, that positivity is something we always cherish and admire, which is a huge driving force for all of us. I am thrilled to continue to represent the Three Lions and produce performances that will see the team succeed. I look forward to helping the next captain, my team-mates and the coaches in any way I can. “, he added.
In 2018 he became the first England male captain to win a Test series in Sri Lanka since 2001, a feat he repeated with a 2-0 win in Sri Lanka in 2021. (Agencies)