Root’s decision comes after the 1-0 Test series loss to West Indies last month and the Ashes’ 4-0 loss to Australia in the winter.
“Having returned from the Caribbean tour and given time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England Men’s Test captain,” Root said.
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“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 has come.
“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.
Root, 31, holds the record for most wins as England Test captain, his 27 putting him ahead of fellow Sheffielder Michael Vaughan and three ahead of Sir Alastair Cook and Sir Andrew Strauss.
But the past 12 months have been dismal. After winning their first three Tests of 2021, England have won just one since, losing 11 and drawing five of their last 17.
Root was not the only one to pay the price, and his exit leaves England without a captain, head coach and general manager while the England and Wales Cricket Board searches for a new chairman.
Root added: “I loved leading my country, but recently I realized how much it cost me and the impact it had on me outside of the game.”
Root, who is England’s second highest try scorer behind Cook, has scored 14 centuries as captain, with his tally of 5,295 runs as skipper the highest of any England captain.
“I am delighted to continue representing the Three Lions and to produce performances that will allow the team to succeed,” he said. “I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and the coaches in any way I can.”
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “Joe has been an exceptional role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of the Test captaincy while continuing to shine brightly through his own personal performances.
“He led by example, and that has resulted in more Test wins than any other England captain, as well as a number of famous home and away wins.
“Joe’s leadership qualities were exemplified by how he led the team through some of the toughest and most uncertain times we’ve seen, playing during the pandemic all over the world, which says long for him as a leader and as a person.”
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This notice was published: 2022-04-15 08:59:45