‘Role model for up and coming English cricketers’

Joe Root announced his decision to step down as England’s Test captain on Friday, and the cricketing fraternity paid tribute to his contributions to English cricket as a leader.

Root led England in 64 matches, winning 27 of those Tests. But a string of poor performances, including a 4-0 drubbing against Australia in the Ashes and an away 1-0 series defeat against West Indies led many to question his position as the captain of the side. The results left England languishing at the bottom of the World Test Championship table.

Announcing his decision, Root said in a statement, “After returning from the Caribbean tour and having time to reflect, I have decided to step down as England 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.”

After his decision, many former and current players were quick to react on the announcement, hailing Joe Root and his leadership abilities.

It now remains to be seen who will be appointed as Joe Root’s successor, with a big task ahead of him to turn England’s fortunes around before a bumper home summer.

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