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Geoffrey Boycott weighs in on Joe Root’s captaincy

Geoffrey Boycott, a former English cricketer, believes Joe Root was never the perfect fit for England’s Test captaincy. He believes that, while Root was admired by many for his manner, he lacked the foresight to be a Test skipper.

On April 16, Root resigned as England’s Test captain. The 31-year-old took over as captain from Alastair Cook in 2017 and finished his stint with the most matches (64) and wins (27) as an English Test captain. However, England’s recent record in the longest format of the game has been dismal.

“Tactically Joe has not got it and never had it. If it’s not there I don’t believe you can learn it. It is instinct, a feel for the changing situations of a match and some experience helps. Setting fields and getting bowlers to bowl to them is crucial to any chance of winning. Having different plans for every opposition batsman is vital,” wrote Boycott in his column for The Telegraph on Monday.

England has only won one Test match in the last 17 contests. They were humiliated in the Ashes series, losing 4-0, followed by a 1-0 loss to the West Indies. There had been conjecture about Root’s captaincy, and he eventually opted to step aside.