England captain Joe Root: “I’m going to control everything I can; I don’t think it’s in your hands… I feel like the whole team is behind me a lot. do a lot of things really well – we just need to turn that into results now”
Last Updated: 03/27/22 6:24 pm
Joe Root said he wants to continue to captain England’s Men’s Test, despite his team’s 10-goal defeat to the West Indies in Tuesday’s test in Grenada – making it five series without a win.
England’s defeat completes a streak that they have only a single Test win to show off from their last 17 games running through February 2021.
Such miserable tension has led to speculation about Root’s future as captain, but he has spoken of his determination to carry on at the end of the game day.
“I made it pretty clear at the start of this match and throughout this tour that I’m passionate about trying to get this team going,” he said, before adding: “I’m going to control it all. what I can; I don’t think it’s ever in your hands.
“I feel like the team is behind me a lot. We’re doing a lot of things really well – we just need to turn that into results now.”
Root added that he’s seen growth on his side throughout the series, especially in the first two Tests drawn, which brought their old polish woes back with two crashes. pour the highest rank in the third part.
“Immediately it was disappointing how it ended, because throughout this series I think we played some really good cricket matches,” the captain said.
“We’ve shown what we’re capable of as a team, we’ve grown through the first two games as a batting team, we’ve shown big strides in that division. and then yesterday really let us down, really hurt us.
“It was a big day in the series and we didn’t have the strength to deal with it. Now we find ourselves in this position where we ended up losing the series when we played so much. excellent cricket match.”
Root added: “I think the attitude throughout the tour was great – in that respect, we’ve made big improvements.
“That has to go on. We can take a lot away from this; of course we came here to win and it’s disappointing that we didn’t, but if we keep going Keep learning, keep growing as a team and if we want to start winning we have to keep that approach.”
Collingwood: England are behind Joe
England interim head coach for the tour of the West Indies, Paul Collingwood, has supported Root’s continued captaincy, saying the dressing room “is together and right behind Joe”.
“You can see all the players, the board and Joe himself are determined to take this team forward and get results,” Collingwood said.
“If I stood here and didn’t think so, then there would be problems.
“The leadership doesn’t affect his hitting the ball, he’s still going out there and scoring. And he’s desperate to turn the ball around and make this team the best it can be – single As simple as that.”
On his own future and whether he is ready to take on a full-time role as England manager, Collingwood said: “If they [the ECB] they decided to give me the job, I will definitely take it.
“I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. I feel like I got a really good response from the players.
“Of course there will be emotion around this game and disappointment, but I want to make a difference, make a change in the three weeks I take on this role – hopefully that inside the dressing room has changed. there’s been a change.”
Collingwood added: “A lot of things are going to happen and change leading up to the Summer English Test; we have a new CEO coming in who will decide what structure we go with, What kind of coach do we need in place, and then they have to make those decisions.”