Geoff Boycott Slams England Skipper Joe Root After Ashes Defeat
England skipper Joe Root has come under the scanner after failing to regain the Ashes urn losing to Australia in Manchester. Former English cricketer Geoff Boycott is the latest addition to the list who called out Root’s poor captaincy throughout Ashes 2019.
Australia retained the Ashes urn after beating England by 185 runs in the fourth Test at the Old Trafford. Steve Smith once again made the difference between the two sides scoring a double century and a fifty to walk away with the man of the match award.
Joe Root has looked out of ideas to get the better of Smith. He has time and again looked clueless out on the field and has also struggled to lead the team from the front. Barring one or two occasions, Root has not been among the runs which have also hurt England badly.
The incumbent skipper will get one more opportunity to avoid a series defeat in the final Test starting from September 12. Former opening batsman Geoff Boycott feels Joe Root has been disappointing considering his captaincy in the ongoing Ashes.
“Joe Root is such a likeable lad, a quality batsman and nobody wants to hurt or humiliate him but I’m afraid he lacks any feel for captaincy,” Boycott said to The Daily Telegraph. “His captaincy has been very disappointing and he has to seriously think about whether he is suited for the job and whether it is affecting his batting,” he added.
Since taking over from Alastair Cook as the England skipper, Joe Root has had mixed success. He has won against India, South Africa, and Sri Lanka, but has gone down to South Africa and West Indies at home. The additional responsibility is taking a toll on Root’s batting which is evident from his returns in this series.
Joe Root is yet to score a century in the eight innings and has got out for ducks three times. In conclusion, Geoff Boycott seemed more concerned with Root’s inability to cash on crucial situations in this Ashes series.