Joe Root has resigned as England Test captain following his side’s loss to the West Indies.
The 31-year-old was named Sir Alastair Cook’s successor in 2017 and holds the record for most games and wins as captain.
England fell to a 10-wicket loss in the third Test at Grenada as their winless streak stretched to nine matches.
In the aftermath, Root said he wanted to stay, but now says “the time has come” to step down.
“It was the hardest decision I’ve had to make in my career, but after talking about it with my family and loved ones, I know the time has come,” said Root, who did not resigned as an England player.
“I am extremely proud to have captained my country and I will look back on the past five years with immense pride.
“It was an honor to have done the job and to have been the keeper of what is the pinnacle of English cricket.
“I loved leading my country, but recently I realized how much it cost me and the impact it had on me outside the game.
Root’s tally of 5,295 runs as captain is the highest of any English captain, and he scored 14 centuries while in the job.
England’s second highest try scorer of all time, he led his country to a record 64 tries and oversaw the most wins (27) but also the most defeats (26).
His notable series defeats include two 4-0 losses to the Ashes in Australia, in 2017-18 and 2021-22.
“I’m thrilled to continue to represent the Three Lions and produce performances that will see the team succeed,” added Root.
“I look forward to helping the next captain, my teammates and my coaches in any way I can.”
“He showed the example”
Last month’s series defeat in the Caribbean followed England’s 4-0 loss to Australia and is their fourth straight series loss – fifth if you include the unfinished series against India, in which England trail 2-1.
England have won one of their last 17 Tests, their worst race since the 1980s.
They are in the process of appointing a new general manager and male head coach, following the departures of Ashley Giles and Chris Silverwood after the Ashes.
It was expected that a decision on Root’s future would be made once these positions were filled.
“Joe has been an outstanding role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of the Test captaincy while continuing to shine brightly through his own personal performances,” said England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison. (ECB).
“He led by example, and that has resulted in more Test wins than any other England captain, as well as a number of famous home and away victories.
“Joe’s leadership qualities were exemplified by how he led the team through some of the toughest and most uncertain times we’ve seen, playing during the pandemic all over the world, which says long for him as a leader and as a person.
“I know that everyone who has played or worked under Joe will speak of his integrity and humility as a person, as much as his determination and example as a leader.
“Off the pitch, Joe has been no different. It has been a privilege and a great pleasure to work with him in his capacity as Test Captain, and I know he will continue to drive English cricket forward as senior player, offering his wealth of experience and advice to support his successor.”