Greatest victories for England under Joe Root’s captaincy

Greatest victories for England under Joe Root’s captaincy

Greatest victories for England under Joe Root’s captaincy
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Following Joe Root’s decision to step down as captain, let’s look back at some of his most memorable victories.

When England beat India at Headingley, Joe Root became England’s most successful Test captain, breaking Michael Vaughan’s record of 26 victories set in 2021.

Root’s leadership saw many memorable highs, despite England’s current position at the bottom of the World Test Championship standings.

Here are some of England’s finest Test series victories under Root’s leadership.

India, the world’s number one, dethroned in 2018

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When India toured England in 2018, they were placed #1 in ICC Team Rankings for Tests. They were defeated by England in the first Test at Edgbaston.

Despite Kohli’s exceptional prowess with the bat, in which he scored 593 runs (two hundreds, three fifties), Root’s England were up to the task of countering the threat.

With Root’s century in the final Test and Alastair Cook’s century in his retiring Test, England won the series 4-1.

Sri Lankan triumphs in 2018 and 2021

England’s Test side had been into difficulty in Sri Lanka before Root took over as captain. England has not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since their success in 2001.

England, on the other hand, overcame all odds in 2018 with a 3-0 clean sweep. The 2021 Test series, which is part of the World Test Championship, followed suit, winning 2-0.

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Victory vs the Proteas after a comeback, 2019/20

Following a setback in the first Test against South Africa at Centurion, England stormed back to win the four-match series 3-1.

Under Root’s supervision, England stalwarts Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes, as well as young guns Dom Sibley and Sam Curran, led the charge.

The victory gave England back-to-back Test series victories in South Africa.

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