Joe Root has conceded that the upcoming third and final Test match between West Indies and England at Grenada could be his last Test match as the captain of the three lions’ team. The three-match series stands at 0-0 with both the first two Tests ending in draws of opposite contrasts.
The England Test team has undergone lots of changes after the horrible Ashes 2021-22 tour of Australia where the visitors were thrashed 4-0 by Pat Cummins and his men. The humiliation was enough for the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to make sweeping changes in the management.
Chris Silverwood was handed his walking papers as England head coach and was replaced, in the interim, by Paul Collingwood. The ECB will make a full-time appointment ahead of the home series with New Zealand in June. Even director of cricket Ashley Giles stepped down from his post after the Ashes debacle with Sir Andrew Strauss taking over in temporary position.
I’ll Keep Doing Everything I Can Make Us As Good If That Means In Time I’m No Longer In This Position: Joe Root On England Captaincy
Joe Root has led England in 63 times, the most by any England player. The series in the Caribbean has been viewed as the first step of a rebuild for the red-ball team, but displays have been mixed thus far with successive draws in Antigua and Barbados. But despite vowing not to walk away from the role of captain, he conceded he may not have a choice.
“I think I’m the right man to take the team forward. But if the head coach comes in and thinks differently, that’s fine, that’s their decision. I’m a massive England fan. I just want to see us do well. So, I’ll keep doing everything I can to make us as good as we can be and if that means in time I’m no longer in this position, I’ll still do everything I can to help this team and to try to take us to be the best team in the world. That will never change,” Joe Root told the Sun.
“That passion for making England as good as we can be will always be there, whatever capacity I have within this team. I really hope I get that opportunity but it’s completely out of my control. The thing that is in my control is helping this team put in a really strong performance to win this series,” he added.
After the West Indies series and against New Zealand, England faces India in a one-off Test, rearranged from last summer. They will then play another home series with South Africa.