Geoffrey Boycott Asks Joe Root to Step Down as Captain
Former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott has said Joe Root to step down his role as England captain if the hosts lose the ongoing Ashes Test at Leeds. England is more on their backs in the match and needs nothing less than a miracle to save the Test, let alone win it. If Australia wins, they will keep the ashes.
Australia has not won or drawn with the Ashes in England since 2002, but they are on track to break that path. A defeat in the current match will see Root suffer his sixth defeat in ashes’ eighth try as England captain.
Since November 2017, Root has overseen four Ashes defeats in Australia and one in England at Edgbaston in the opening match of the 2019 series. The margin of defeat has also been very alarming. Two came by one inning, one by ten wickets, and the other two by 120 and 251 points respectively.
“He has to start by winning a test against Australia – he had seven and not one,” Boycott told the BBC Test special podcast. “And if you can’t win this one after the draw, you won’t get a better field to play on: a cloudy, cloudy and terrible day, which is perfect for Headingley, then the sun rises.
“Even if you say that the two teams are equal, you have to win this one. If you don’t earn that, you may as well give up work. Their best batsmen [Australian] [Steve Smith] doesn’t play as well. You couldn’t ask for anything more, could you?
Under Root’s leadership in two years, England has already lost 13 tries. He is now one of England’s top five captains to have been responsible for the most defeats. His poor quality as a captain only made things worse for him. As captain, Root’s average (40.41) is well below his overall career average (48 years). His performance in the current series is also less good.