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Joe Root is finally captain of ‘his' England Test team

Posted On: 20 Jan 2020   |   Posted By: Cricket365

After England wrapped up a comprehensive victory on the fifth day of the third Test in Port Elizabeth , Nasser Hussain asked captain Joe Root whether “this now felt like his team” - suggesting that to him, it previously hadn't. And while Root insisted “it had done for a while”, Nasser had hit the nail on the head yet again.
Root's captaincy has been under pressure for a while. He looked lost through much of the Ashes, not helped by his relatively poor form with the bat, and that continued on England's tour of New Zealand - where he was roundly criticised for his unimaginative fielding positions and his extreme over-bowling of Jofra Archer.
Many were calling for his head, including myself. And I stand by it. The simple facts were: he was not captaining well; his batting average was down.
And despite an impressive couple of wins, Root still has a long way to go as leader of this side - captaincy is far easier when your batsmen pile on nearly 500 in the first innings as England did in Port Elizabeth. And Root...

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