It’s time to admit that Joe Root should not be England’s Test captain | Barney Ronay

England have lost a great batsman in order to gain a poor captain. It doesn’t make sense and the semi-honorific status of the Test captaincy needs to be looked at

Shall we have a debate about whether Joe Root should carry on as England’s Test captain? OK, I’ll start. The answer is, no. Of course not. Time to give up, concentrate on being a brilliant batsman and give someone else a go. The end.

Unfortunately, a question this clear-cut does present some formal problems when it comes to writing a column. It is necessary at this point to whistle nonchalantly and glance down at the open white spaces below this line, like a man in a crowded lift staring with furious feigned interest at the spa treatment times.

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