Joe Root has resigned on Friday as England Test cricket captain after the series loss against the West Indies (0-1) last month. England also recently lost Ashes to Australia (0-4) in the winter.
“It has been the most challenging decision I have ever had to make in my career,” Root said Friday, “but having discussed this with my family and those closest to me, I know the time is right.”
“I am immensely proud to have captained my country and I will look back on the last five years with enormous pride. It has been an honor to have done the work and to have been a custodian of what is the pinnacle of English cricket,” he added.
Root, 31, took over from Alastair Cook in 2017, and presided over 27 Test victories as skipper, breaking the previous record of 26 set by Michael Vaughan's teams.
England recorded series wins against India, South Africa and Sri Lanka during Root's time as skipper, including a first series win in Sri Lanka since 2001.
Root led the team to a string of famous series wins, including a 4-1 home series win over India in 2018 and a win over India. 3-1 away from home. South Africa in 2020. In 2018 he became the first England men’s captain to win a test series in Sri Lanka since 2001, a feat he repeated with a 2-0 victory in Sri Lanka in 2021.
He is England’s second-highest Test run scorer of all time behind only Cook and scored 14 centuries as Captain. His tally of 5,295 runs as skipper is the highest of any England captain and places him fifth on the all-time list behind only Graeme Smith, Alan Border, Ricky Ponting and Virat Kohli.