Root should step down as England captain: Vaughan

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Joe Root should step down as England Test captain following his side’s series loss to the West Indies, former skipper Michael Vaughan told the BBC.

Root’s position is under the spotlight after a 1-0 series defeat which came on the back of a woeful 4-0 Ashes thrashing by Australia.

That extended England’s poor run to four suc-cessive Test series defeats.

The 31-year-old York-shire star batter has skippered England in a record 64 Tests, winning 27 games — more than any other captain — but lost 26, which is also more than any other captain.

Vaughan, who captained England 51 times from 2003-08, has known Root for many years but says it is better to have Root in the side without the burden of the captaincy.

“He’s taken it as far as he possibly can,” Vaughan told the BBC. “If he rings me in the next week and asks for some advice I’ll be dead honest — I’d tell him to step down.

“Will England be any worse off not having him as a captain? I don’t think they would, because they are going to get his runs and a senior player.

” Vaughan said he would prefer it if Root, who has expressed his desire to remain captain, resigned rather than was fired by the future permanent director of cricket and the head coach.—APP

 

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