Former England cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has labelled Joe Root as a “lucky lad” after he was not removed from the Test captaincy following the Ashes debacle.
After England’s horrible performance in the Ashes 2021-22 against Australia, changes have been made in England’s set-up and managing director Ashley Giles and men’s team coach Chris Silverwood were removed from their positions and assistant coach Graham Thorpe had left his job. However, Root was not sacked as Test captain of the England National Cricket Team.
Interim managing director of England men’s cricket, Sir Andrew Strauss said that Root has got “incredible motivation and energy” to take the England Test team forward. He elaborated:
“Having spoken to Joe it is absolutely clear the extent of his commitment to taking this side forward – he has incredible motivation and energy to do that.”
“He is bruised and disappointed by what went on the Ashes 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 will give him my full support and make sure he has the right structure around him to take pressure off him and make sure he can do his job properly.”
Joe Root has lost more Tests in a year than any England captain ever – Geoffrey Boycott
Geoffrey Boycott has stated that Root has failed as Test captain of the England team and having “incredible motivation and energy” is not enough to back him to continue in the role. In his latest column for the Telegraph, Boycott wrote:
“Joe Root is a lucky lad to survive the Ashes nightmare and still be England captain. Sir Andrew Strauss says he ‘has incredible motivation and energy, and so keeps his job, but is that enough to be captain of England? Not for me. I think you need more than that to resurrect our cricket and be a good deader.”
“No current player will put his name forward to take over now as it would be embarrassing with Joe still at the helm. But are these the best reasons to keep someone in a job that he has failed at?
Geoffrey Boycott further added that Root has got “enough chances” as a skipper and has failed to impress him. He highlighted that Root has lost more Tests matches in a year than any England captain. He elaborated:
“He has had enough chances. Joe has been captain for 61 Tests but has not given me the impression that he has the cricket nous to be a great captain. He has lost more Tests in a year than any England captain ever.”
“Former Australian leaders like Ricky Ponting and Ian Chappell were critical of his captaincy and even former England players who wanted to support him had to be honest and say they were disappointed with many of his selections and tactics.”
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