STATS: Who Joe Root has to live up to as England captain

We look at the numbers behind the captains that Joe Root succeeds at the helm of England.

Sport360 staff
by Sport360 staff
16th February 2017

article:16th February 2017

Root will hope he can better these records.
Root will hope he can better these records.

England star Joe Root was named England Test captain this week saying it was an honour and “humbling” to take full control of the five-day team.

He took over from Alastair Cook who resigned following defeat in India, a man who will be remembered as one of the greatest England captains of all-time.


Cook ended his captaincy with 24 wins, 13 draws and 22 defeats in his 59 Tests a win-percentage only bettered by Michael Vaughan when it comes to the past five England skippers.

As you can see here, that includes Andrew Strauss (W24, D15, L11), Kevin Pietersen (W1, D1, L1), Andrew Flintoff (W2, D2, L7) and lastly Vaughan (W26, D14, L11).

Who do you think was the better captain out of the past five and will Joe Root manage to better these records?

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