England v India: Joe Root ‘proud’ to set captaincy wins document

England v India: Joe Root 'proud' to set captaincy wins record


Joe Root said he was “proud” to set a new record for the number of Test wins as England captain, and paid tribute to the players that helped him do it.

“You don’t do that on your own as a captain,” said Root.

“You’re the one making the decisions, but they are the ones putting in big performances.”

Root, 30, took charge in 2017 and has led England in 55 Tests.

His mentor Vaughan captained in 51 matches between 2003 and 2008, though suffered only 11 losses, to Root’s 20.

The Yorkshire duo also both played their club cricket at Sheffield Collegiate.

“I’m proud to have gone past Michael,” said Root.

“I’m living my boyhood dream. Captaining England is something I dreamt of doing when I was really small.”

Whereas Vaughan famously led England to their 2005 Ashes success, Root’s two series against Australia have resulted in a 4-0 away defeat in 2017-18 and a 2-2 draw at home in 2019.

He is set to lead England in their bid to regain the urn…