Sport Broad is NOT thinking about replacing Root as England captain
UK View: 'This is more like it' England press dare to dream as Joe Root awakens from his slumber
What a difference a day makes! Joe Root and Dawid Malan have restored English pride after being hammered and humiliated by Australia and may escape the Gabba with a draw – or even force a sensational victory, the UK press trumpets. England fought back on day three with skipper Root and Malan in a momentum-switching unbroken 159-run stand, to give the tourists renewed hope after trailing by a crushing 278-runs on the first innings. “This was more like it.
Whencalled me on Thursday to inform me of his decision to resign as England Test captain, I told him he'd achieved something special in being a leader who was universally liked.
Over the past five years, it has been his responsibility to give people disappointing news on selection — myself included — but I would vouch that without exception every single person who has played under his captaincy would be in unanimous agreement over what a nice guy he is.
I can hear team-mates saying: 'He's a legend.' That's quite a rare feat to achieve in the world of sport because success and popularity do not go hand in hand and I can say with confidence that not everyone I've played with would be complimentary about me.
UK View: England 'on their knees' after Australia's 'brutal, pre-meditated' attack
Another day of Ashes misery for beleaguered England just two days into the series and the UK media has given up on the first Test, consigned to a heavy defeat at the Gabba. Travis Head rammed home the Australia’s advantage with a blistering unbeaten century after David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne set the platform with contrasting half-centuries. John Etheridge, writing in The Sun, does not see any way out for Joe Root’s tourists after being outplayed over the first two days in Brisbane.
Beyond the dressing room, Joe has been an amazing ambassador for the game of cricket. The best, I would suggest, that we've had.
This would not have been a decision that he took lightly, and I don't think anyone in history will have relinquished the England Test captaincy without it playing a lot on their mind beforehand.
As well as being a huge honour, it is such a big job, and doesn't just have an effect on the incumbent themselves but direct family too because it is so time consuming.
For the last five years, I've noticed on days before Test matches start that when other players are off to relax with a cup of coffee or a game of golf, Joe has been in meeting after meeting or in this or that media session.
Hussain: Toss call tricky but England got it wrong
Nasser Hussain says England made an error batting first as they tumbled to 147 all out on day one of the Ashes opener.It always happens in Brisbane, whether it be me with the toss in 2002, Steve Harmison with the wides to second slip in 2006 - or, on this occasion, Rory Burns being bowled first ball by Mitchell Starc.
It's a stressful job. One that can make you lose your hair — if Nasser Hussain and others in the modern era are anything to go by. And that's why so few have done it for as long as he has.
Worldwide you get the odd captain like Graeme Smith who took the armband in 2003 at the age of 22 and held on to it until retirement in 2014, but Smith is the exception rather than the rule when it comes to shelf life.
When Joe looks back on his tenure, he will be able to reflect on some significant feathers in the cap. There were some great moments when he led his team to victories.
Sure, the last couple of years have not been our most fortuitous as an international team but there were not insignificant hurdles to climb in trying to make the team successful. Covid was not in the job description when Joe, Ashley Giles and Chris Silverwood began their respective roles. None of them signed up for the extremely tough hands they were dealt.
Joe Root's legacy as England captain will be defined in Ashes tour
PAUL NEWMAN: History will judge his leadership on this third crack at the Ashes rather than a record which sees Root with more wins and, soon, more games in charge than any other captain. It really is now, in the always harsh environment of Australia — made even more hostile this time because of the lack of travelling support — or never for Root to become an Ashes winning England captain. And to be remembered as much for his achievements in charge as for batting that sees him well on the way to becoming an all-time great.
For a period, it was Test cricket but not as we know it because of players being locked away in rooms during series, living in biosecure bubbles, away from families and freedoms.
It required a different mentality and was physically draining. Consider also that during Covid times, England played 27 Tests between December 26, 2019 and mid-February 2022. Australia played 11 in the equivalent period.
If you look at great sports teams in the past quarter of a century, you would generally be able to name six or seven players in each off the top of your head.
Think of the Manchester United side at the turn of the century, the England rugby union team that won the World Cup in 2003 or the England cricket team that were 50-over world champions in 2019. They all had a settled status that allowed players to calmly go about their business.
Yes, you are always going to rotate bowlers and there will always be a batsman under pressure for their place but generally we've gone through a period of great uncertainty and a huge amount of change due to issues caused by the pandemic.
Root ends record-breaking stint as Test skipper
Joe Root has resigned as England's Test captain after a record-breaking five-year run at the helm of the team.Root took over from Alastair Cook in 2017, and presided over 27 Test victories as skipper, breaking the previous record of 26 set by Michael Vaughan's teams.
How often would Joe be able to say, hand on heart, that he had his best team available? Building into that Ashes series last winter, pretty much never.
So, it's unfair to dwell on the last couple of years of Joe's captaincy for that reason. Yes, he may have lost more Tests than any other England captain but neither can any of his predecessors match his 27 wins.
And I prefer to remember the hundred he struck on his captaincy debut versus South Africa in 2017, him inspiring the 2-0 win in Sri Lanka last year, with a double hundred followed by another, then another double in Chennai to beat India in their own backyard before the pitches became a shambles.
He led the team brilliantly in South Africa during 2019-20, and through the first summer of the pandemic to beat both West Indies and Pakistan, when Covid was a new and nerve-inducing thing and he showed great leadership on and off the field.
My prediction is that he will go on and really enjoy his cricket for the next couple of years, playing with an amount of freedom to drive at new goals — whether they are to play at the IPL, get back into the England Twenty20 team, whatever.
It's hard to see how he will improve his batsmanship as his last couple of years have been outrageously good but it's a challenge he will no doubt relish.
Joe Root makes ‘most challenging’ decision to step down as England captain
England’s run of one victory in 17 Tests had placed huge scrutiny on Root’s position.The 31-year-old resigns with a number of favourable records, but a disastrous 12 months of red-ball cricket essentially made his position untenable.
People may question my relationship with Joe given recent history but I've always been good at differentiating between friendship and business and of course while I was frustrated by decisions to leave me out of Ashes matches and for the tour of West Indies, I didn't show bitterness towards Joe. From my point of view, that's professional sport and it would never stop me enjoying a nice glass of red wine or playing a round of golf with those who came to such decisions.
Naturally, I am aware that my name has been touted as a potential successor to Joe as England captain and I guess that is because I am an experienced centrally contracted player who has been around the international game a long time.
However, it is not something I have given any thought to because firstly I am not currently in possession of a shirt within the England Test team and my focus is very much on changing that by taking wickets for Nottinghamshire over the next few weeks.
In fact, I would argue we are in a fairly unique position as far as selection for the Test team goes right now in that there are only two players whose names you could write in pen on the scorecard.
One of them is Joe Root, the other is Ben Stokes — and one of them isn't going to be captain for the first Test of the summer against New Zealand at Lord's on June 2 because he has just given the job away.
PAUL NEWMAN: It all points to Ben Stokes replacing Joe Root as captain .
PAUL NEWMAN: By resigning, Root has made it easier for the loyal Stokes to succeed him, rather than replace a friend who had been sacked. 'Been a great ride with you, my friend,' said Stokes on Instagram. 'Watching one of my great mates lead us out on to the field was a privilege. You have given everything for English cricket and we all want to say thank you for all your sacrifices and hard work.'Sportsmail revealed on March 23 that Key was in the running to become managing director and now he has emerged as the best candidate from a small field who disappointed kingmaker Sir Andrew Strauss.