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Michael Vaughan gives advice to English captain Joe Root amid calls to resign

Michael Vaughan believes it's time for Joe Root to step aside

Michael Vaughan believes it’s time for Joe Root to step aside (Photo: Getty)

Michael Vaughan says he would ask Joe Root to step down as England’s Test captain if he asked for his advice.

Following their series defeat to the Caribbean, England have won just one of their last 17 Tests under Root.

Root faces calls to retire with its English side without a win in nine games and lose their last four series, including a 4-0 Ashes defeat to Australia.

Speaking after England’s 10-wicket loss to the West Indies in Grenada, Root insisted he wanted to continue as captain, but Vaughan believes it’s time for his fellow Yorkshire man to step aside.

“He’s taken it as far as he possibly can,” former England captain Vaughan told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Will England be worse off by not having him as captain?” I do not think they would, because they are going to get his run and a senior player.

“They will have a good role model – I do not think there is a better role model in English cricket.”

England have lost four Test series in a row under Root

England have lost four Test series in a row under Root (Image: Getty)

England are currently without a director of cricket and head coach after Ashley Giles and Chris Silverwood’s departures after the Ashes defeat, in which Sir Andrew Strauss and Paul Collingwood took on temporary roles for the Caribbean tour.

Both appointments are expected to be made before England’s next Test series against New Zealand in June, and Vaughan added: ‘I did not want the new director of cricket or head coach firing Root – he deserved the right to go on his own terms.

‘During his reign I do not think he has been helped at all. His first Ashes series there was the Ben Stokes incident, then we got the white ball reset, then he had Covid and it has been very difficult.

“But I always think captains should be proud of maximizing every ounce of potential in the locker room. I just look at the team and ask why they performed so below their potential? That would be a real concern for me.

“Tactically, he has been poor. This has been a common trend under Joe – he has not managed to get a game. If he continues, he really needs someone who can drive the tactical side of the game with him. ‘

The Caribbean beat England by 10 wickets in Grenada to win the series

The Caribbean beat England by 10 wickets in Grenada to win the series (Image: Getty)

Root has both won and lost more matches than any other English captain, having led the team in record-breaking 67 Tests since his appointment in 2017.

Working in Root’s favor as he tries to retain the captain is the lack of alternative candidates, with Ben Stokes seen as the frontrunner to take over if his friend is rejected.

English fast bowler Stuart Broad has also been nominated as a possible candidate, but so was he fell to the West Indies Test series along with record wicket-taker James Anderson.

Vaughan said: ‘I do not see any replacement for Root performing the role in the long run. Anyone who potentially gets it now could just do it for a few months or until the end of the ashes next year.

‘I do not think Broad is the dumbest suggestion – you have to be sensible with all the names at the moment because we do not have great riches.

“It’s the first time in my life that we have not had a future English captain to play and that is a real concern.”

Meanwhile, former English assistant coach Paul Farbrace also believes it ‘probably time’ for Root to step aside.

He is still England’s best player, but we have a phase where we should probably say “come on, we need someone else”. When he gets home, he can think very differently about this, he said.

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