Unhappy Piers Morgan insists Joe Root was 'let down BADLY' by his England team-mates

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Unhappy Piers Morgan insists Joe Root was ‘let down BADLY’ by his England team-mates and claims they would’ve been worse without his ‘outstanding batting’… as Michael Vaughan and his club Yorkshire pay tribute following his resignation as Test captain

Joe Root was ‘let down badly’ by his England teammates during the dire run of results that led to his resignation as Test captain, Piers Morgan has claimed.

England great Root announced he was stepping down on Thursday following a sequence of one win in 17 Test matches, including a 1-0 series loss in the Caribbean that was part of a sequence of five straight series defeats.

Writing on Twitter minutes after the news broke, cricket fan Morgan said: ‘Many will be happy about this but I’m not.

Root stepped down on Thursday after a poor sequence of results including five straight losses

Root stepped down on Thursday after a poor sequence of results including five straight losses

‘He was let down badly by his teammates and, without his own outstanding batting, we’d have fared far worse. Thanks for all you’ve done ⁦– very sorry it’s ended like this.’

Former captain Michael Vaughan, whose win total Root beat with 27 victories as captain, said the 31-year-old ‘gave it everything with very little support’ and pointed to the struggles he faced in dealing with Covid absences and complications.

Vaughan insisted: ‘He still is and will be the game’s best role model for many, many years. Now enjoy being the senior player for many more seasons.’

Ex-England wicketkeeper Matt Prior congratulated Root for his success as skipper, adding: ‘Sometimes in sport, results and performances – good and bad – can get in the way of people’s judgement of the actual person.

Morgan (top row, second from left) reacted by criticising Root's teammates and praising him

Morgan (top row, second from left) reacted by criticising Root’s teammates and praising him

‘[Root] is a great human being, first and foremost, and I can’t imagine how hard a decision this has been for him.’

Yorkshire told Root he should be ‘very proud’. His club said: ‘An England and Yorkshire legend. Plenty more runs and wickets to come.’

Ben Stokes, who is arguably the stand-out candidate to succeed Root, posted a photo of the pair together on the pitch on Instagram. 

Stokes said: ‘Been a great ride with you, my friend. Watching one of my great mates lead us all out on to the field was a privilege.

‘You have given everything to English cricket and we all want to say thank you for your sacrifices and hard work.’

England supporters’ club the Barmy Army urged Root to ‘become our best ever batter’, and commentator Charles Dagnall called his departure ‘inevitable after what happened this winter.’

Dagnall added: ‘The captaincy had no bearing on his form with the bat. He’s absolutely critical to England’s future success. Good luck to him and whoever takes over.’  

England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison said: ‘Joe has been an exceptional role model during his tenure, balancing the demands of Test captaincy whilst continuing to shine brilliantly through his own personal performances.

A predecessor of Root's, Michael Vaughan, called the 31-year-old 'the game's best role model'

A predecessor of Root’s, Michael Vaughan, called the 31-year-old ‘the game’s best role model’

‘He has led by example, and that has resulted in more Test wins than any other England captain, alongside a number of famous series home and away victories.

‘Joe’s leadership qualities were exemplified by how he led the team through some of the most difficult and uncertain times we have known, playing during the pandemic all over the world, which speaks volumes for him as a leader and as a person.

‘I know that every single person who has played or worked under Joe’s captaincy will speak of his integrity and humility as a person, as much as his determination and example as a leader.

‘Off the field, Joe has been no different. It has been a privilege and a huge pleasure to have worked with him in his capacity as our Test Captain, and I know he’ll continue to drive English cricket forward as a senior player, offering his wealth of experience and advice to support his successor.’

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