Woakes supports Root to remain England’s Test captain despite Ashes’ failure | Cricket news

England all-rounder Chris Woakes has supported Joe Root to continue as the team’s test skipper despite their humiliating Ashes capitulation to Australia.
England suffered an innings and a loss of 14 races to Australia on Tuesday in Melbourne as the Roots team handed over the series of five test bags with two tests left.
Root, who was reluctant to discuss the long-term future of his leadership after the Ashes defeat in the third Test, has not won any of his three Ashes series with responsibility.
The 30-year-old also suffered a record nine defeats in 2021 as captain.
Asked if the English team would support Roots’ continuation as captain, Woakes told British media on Wednesday: “Absolutely.
“Clearly, the captaincy does not have an effect on his batting, which much of the time with captains may be the case.”
Root has proven to be a virtual lone hand with the bat, and after scoring 50 and 28 in Melbourne, he finishes the calendar year with 1,708 runs – the third highest after Mohammad Yousuf (1,788) and Viv Richards (1,710).
“The fact that he scores the races he is is great for the team,” Woakes added. “It would be great if we could help him with that and build some partnerships with him and score a few more races around him.
“But Joe is a great cricketer, he has a great cricket brain. I think his record as England captain is pretty good as far as I know. I definitely feel like Joe will continue.”
Asked if coach Chris Silverwood also has the same support, Woakes added: “Who am I to talk about people’s future beyond my own, to be brutally honest? We have two more matches and we will show a lot of character, a lot. of struggle.
“The group of players, management and staff we have out here have the backing of the players to hopefully put things right, especially over the next two games.”
British media reported that England’s chief executive Tom Harrison met Root in Melbourne on Wednesday to discuss the reasons behind the failed tour, but the board is said to support his becoming captain.


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