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Joe Root on ‘unhealthy effect’ of captaincy after sterling show at Lord’s: It’s never enjoyable when you’re losing

Joe Root stepped down as England’s Test skipper earlier this year after losing the Ashes and the series against West Indies earlier this year.

Joe Root of England. Courtesy: Reuters

Joe Root of England. Courtesy: Reuters


  • Root scored 115 in the fourth innings of the Lord’s Test against New Zealand
  • Root became the second English batter with 10,000 plus Test runs
  • Root gave up captaincy after the West Indies tour

Former England skipper Joe Root opened up on his struggles while captaining the national team, saying that it was starting to take a massive toll on him and his family. Root was heavily criticised after the Three Lions lost the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia and also went down 0-1 to Kraigg Brathwaite’s West Indies.

Root, on Sunday, became the Player of the Match in the opening Test against New Zealand at Lord’s after he scored a century and helped England win the game by five wickets. Moreover, the hosts also took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series with the second Test set to start on June 10 at the Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

Root was relieved after the Brits secured their maiden Test victory in 2022. He was also happy after Ben Stokes started his captaincy journey on a healthy note.


“It feels good for us to win a Test match. It feels like such a long time. Great to start strongly under Ben and Brendon and a great chance for us to kick on.

“A lot of people will talk about my personal performances, run-wise, but it’s never enjoyable when you’re losing. For us to start like this under Ben’s leadership, it’s a really exciting time,” Root said to SKY.

Root said that stepping down as the captain was hard, but he had to let go of the responsibilities to give himself more space.

“Of course, it is [hard] but I’d thrown everything at it and it was starting to have an unhealthy effect on the rest of my life. I couldn’t leave it in the car or at the ground. It was taking a toll on me and my family,” he added.

After his heroics at the Home of Cricket, Root also became the 14th cricketer to notch 10,000 Test runs. He also joined former international cricketer Alastair Cook in the elite list.

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