Joe Root should quit as captain if England lose Headingley Ashes Test, claims Geoffrey Boycott

Joe Root’s poor form with the bat continued as England collapsed at Headingley (Picture: Getty)

Joe Root should quit as captain if England lose the third Ashes Test of the current series against Australia at Headingley.

After a spectacular bowling display from Jofra Archer helped bowl the tourists out for 179 on day one, England were expected to press home their advantage on day two in more favourable batting conditions.

Australia’s pace attack had other ideas, however, with Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and James Pattinson reducing England’s top order to rubble.

England were 54-6 at lunch, still 125 runs adrift with Root’s own struggles with the bat continuing, out for a second-ball duck. Boycott sympathised with Root’s lack of form but believes his captaincy credentials are at an all-time low.

Josh Hazlewood took three English wickets on a brilliant morning for Australia (Picture: Getty)

‘Joe Root might just be in a poor trot, that happens,’ he said. ‘But he has to start winning Tests against Australia, he’s had seven goes and hasn’t managed one yet.

‘He won’t get a better day to bowl yesterday and a better day to bat today – he has to win this Test. If he can’t win this then he may as well give up the job.

‘Their best batsman isn’t playing, you couldn’t ask for anything more. Root has had moments as captain when you think ‘what the hell is going on here?’

‘Australia were 120-2 on a juicy pitch last night and we still had four slips. You had to stop the flow of runs. He hasn’t grasped the nuances of the game.’


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