By this time next year Joe Root will have won more Test matches as England captain than anyone before him. That is not exactly a wild prediction considering he only needs one more win to get there, and across seven Tests at home that is more or less a given, even against World Test Championship finalists New Zealand and India. When he gets there, his paymasters at the ECB will rightly make a big deal of the achievement and it will be used to illustrate just what a wonderful job Root has done in charge. And he has done a decent job, in the main. He has won nine series and lost five so far and there have been some magical moments, usually revolving around Ben Stokes such as at Headingley or in Cape Town. But having just missed out on another opportunity to ‘do something special’ as players like to call it, in India with a 3-1 series defeat, Root is running out of time to capture the imagination. Where is the series victory that confounds expectations? Where is the win that inspires and gets talked about and remembered for generations to come? Of course Root is hoping that… Read full this story
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