He Has Got Incredible Motivation And Energy – Andrew Strauss Confirms Joe Root Will Continue As England's Test Captain

Updated - 04 Feb 2022, 08:38 PM

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Interim managing director of England men’s cricket, Sir Andrew Strauss, has confirmed that star batsman Joe Root will continue as Test captain of the England National Cricket Team.

After England’s horrible performance in the Ashes 2021-22 against Australia major changes are being made in England’s set-up. England managing director Ashley Giles and men’s team coach Chris Silverwood have already been removed from their positions and assistant coach Graham Thorpe has also left his position.

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Pat Cummins, Joe Root
Pat Cummins, Joe Root (Image: Twitter)

Addressing the media for the first time in his new role as the interim managing director of England men’s cricket, Andrew Strauss said that Root has got “incredible motivation” and energy to take the England Test team forward. He said:

“Having spoken to him, it is absolutely clear the extent of his commitment to taking this England cricket team forward. He has got incredible motivation and energy to do that.”

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Pat Cummins, Joe Root. Image-Twitter

Strauss added that Root was “hugely disappointed” after the recent Ashes series but the England captain has the “respect of the players” and he is happy to give Root his support. He elaborated:

He is bruised, hugely disappointed by what went on in the Ashes – that goes without saying and many others are in the same boat – but he has the respect of the players, they all play for him and obviously he sets a magnificent example both on and off the field.

“I’m very happy to give him my support, and make sure that we’ve got the right sort of structure around him to take the pressure off him and allow him to do his job on the pitch.”

My role is to prepare the team for the West Indies series – Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss (Image Credit: Twitter)

While talking about his role Strauss said that his role is to prepare the team for the upcoming tour of the West Indies and recommend some structural changes. He asserted:

“My role is to prepare the team for the West Indies series and potentially recommend some structural changes to the England cricket department. However long that takes, I’m willing to play that role.”

“It goes without saying it has been a particularly bruising period for the England Test team in particular over the last few months. No one likes to see English cricket in the headlines in the way it has been recently.”

He further said that being a passionate English cricketer he is very happy to play the role of interim managing director and he will be working hard to solve the issues in England cricket. He said:

When Tom [Harrison] asked me to step in on an interim basis, anyone who has a passion for English cricket wants to play their role and I’m very happy to do so. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers to all of the potential issues in English cricket at the moment but, obviously, I’ll be working hard to try and navigate our way through that.”

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