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Joe Root talks about the future as England captain after a grim West Indies defeat

Joe Root

England captain Joe Root is under pressure to turn things around (Image: Gareth Copley / Getty Images)

Joe Root insists the decision on his future as England captain may be out of his own hands after his team suffered a humiliating defeat to the West Indies.

England had few responses to their opponents, losing by 10 wickets on the fourth day of the third Test to losing the series 1-0.

Roots’ tenure as captain will only intensify now that England are now losing four Test series in a row and are currently without a win in nine games.

The 31-year-old insists he is determined to get his team back to their best with their support, but the decision may be out of his control.

‘I think I made it very clear at the start of this match and the start of this tour that I’m very passionate about trying to bring this team forward. I want to control what I can, ‘Root said as he discussed the leadership.

Asked if the decision is in his or someone else’s hands, he added: ‘I never think it’s entirely in your own hands, right?

‘As I said, I feel like the group is very much behind me. We do a lot of really good things, and we just have to translate that into results now. ‘

Joe Root

England had little response in the West Indies (Image: Gareth Copley / Getty Images)

England started the day with a lead of 10 runs at 103-8, but the hosts had them all out with 120 and took the remaining two wickets within the hour.

The West Indies wasted no time in reaching their goal of 28, and within five overs they had their hands on the Richards-Botham trophy.

With England at the bottom of the World Test Championship table, Root was asked about his thoughts on where they should improve.

“I think we have to show more often, like we did on the first day of the first test, the first lap,” Root said.

‘When we are in those situations, people stand up and get us to a total that is competitive. So we have shown that we can, but we have to do it more often. That’s the frustration.

‘I thought the attitude throughout has been brilliant. In that respect, we have certainly made major improvements – and it must continue, it must continue.

‘Like I said, there were so many good things that we can take away from this. Of course we have come here to win … and we have not, and that’s frustrating and disappointing.

‘But if we are to keep learning and keep growing as a team, and if we are to start winning, then we have to keep that approach.

‘We have to keep doing the things that we did so well in the first two games and in parts of this one.

‘I think we’ve learned more about some new players, the two debutants who have come in have shown promise, they are at the start of their journey now and it is very exciting. So we’re taking things away from this, but it’s frustrating. ‘

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