WI vs ENG: Joe Root to continue as England Test captain for West Indies tour;
WI vs ENG: Interim Managing Director of Men’s Cricket, Sir Andrew Strauss has confirmed that Joe Root will continue as captain of the England men’s Test team for the upcoming tour of the West Indies.
Joe Root scored six of the seven hundreds scored last year and will stay as England captain in the West Indies and most likely beyond.With the support and backing of ECB top brass Tom Harrison and interim Managing Director of Men’s Cricket Sir Andrew Strauss.
Andrew Strauss, Interim Managing Director, England Men’s Cricket, said:
“It has been a particularly bruising week for English cricket and no-one likes to see the game making the headlines it has.
“I have to announce this morning that Graham Thorpe is also going to be moving on from his role.
“There’s a lot of work to do, primarily ahead of the West Indies tour. Joe Root will be captain for that series. And we will look to appoint an interim coach. With soundings being taken on that at the moment from inside and outside the organisation.
“The only way we can look at it is to get through the West Indies tour which is about five weeks on duty. And there is some time after that to take a step back. Or think strategically about the needs of the England cricket team.
“Having spoken to Joe it is absolutely clear the extent of his commitment to taking this side forward. He has incredible motivation and energy to do that.
“He is bruised and disappointed by what went on the Ashes. But he has the respect of the players they all play for him. And obviously he sets a magnificent example both on and off the field.
“I will give him my full support and make sure he has the right structure around him. To take pressure off him and make sure he can do his job properly.”
Strauss also confirmed he would look at the structure around the setup. With split coaches likely, and a national selector to reinstated.