Mark Wood admits that the players let Joe Root down and recalls his behind-the-scenes efforts that went unappreciated.
Joe Root had led England in the most Tests as captain and had 27 victories before his downfall, which began when the England team flew to India in early 2021.
Mark Wood, Joe Root’s mate, paid homage to the former England Test skipper just weeks after he decided to step down.
Wood said that the teammates “let him down” while playing under the 31-year-old, who is also one of England’s most successful Test captains, and detailed how Root used to support the players and work tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve the necessary outcomes.
Root had captained England in the most Tests and had 27 victories before his demise, which began when the Three Lions toured India in early 2021. After a series loss to the West Indies in March, the 31-year-old, who is ranked fourth among batters in the conventional version of the game, stood down from the role.
‘I did well under Joe’s captaincy’: Mark Wood
“I feel sorry for Joe,” Wood remarked in an interview on his podcast “Middle Please, Umpire.” That is something I believe is worth mentioning.
“I did quite well under Joe’s leadership.” He gave me a chance; even if he had been injured, he could have easily responded, “No, that’s enough.” But he remained by me and laid out a clear plan for me. “
We seemed to have let him down a lot. He was doing a lot of work behind the scenes that no one saw.
“You know, persuading coaches to adjust their training regimen. When I was batting the net, he stayed behind. After his net, he would stay and practice batting with me. He was trying all he could to enhance the team’s environment, getting people in for sessions, do everything he could to enhance the efficacy, but it just wasn’t working.”
Joe Root had captained England in the most Tests as captain, winning 27 of them.