Joe Roots stepped down as Test captain


On Friday, Joe Root stepped down as Test captain after a five-year term, as English cricket undergoes a leadership change that will see Rob Key take over as managing director of the men's squad.

Key, a former Kent captain who has worked as a Sky commentator since retiring from playing in 2015. It is said to be in advanced talks for the position left vacant by Ashley Giles' dismissal in February, with an announcement expected after the Easter bank holiday.

One of the first items on his to-do list will be to name a new Test captain for the three-match series against New Zealand in June, with Ben Stokes the favourite, after Root took time off to reflect on his 1-0 loss to the West Indies last month, as well as a run of just one victory in his last 17 appearances as captain.

Root stated that he has chosen to step down as England's men's Test captain after returning from the Caribbean tour and having the chance to reflect. It has been the most difficult decision he has had to make in his career, but after consulting with his family and those closest to him, he is confident that the time is right.

He remarked that he is incredibly proud to have led his country and will cherish the memories of the previous five years. It has been a privilege to accomplish the job and to be a keeper of English cricket's apex. He appreciated the chance to lead his country, but it's only lately been clear how much of a toll it's taken on him and the effects it's had outside of the sport.

Root, 31, will return to the ranks as a batter after 64 Tests in command, 27 wins, and 26 losses – all three of which are records for an England captain.

Jimmy Anderson shared his gratitude on social media saying he can't wait to see Root back out in the middle where he is confident he'll solidify himself as one of the all-time greats.

The most likely candidate seems to be Stokes, the current vice-captain. The 30-year-old captained the team for a home Test in 2020 when Root was on paternity leave. Nevertheless, as an all-format all-rounder and a player who had a mental health break last summer, it would be a challenging task.