Joe Root becomes England’s most decorated captain, admits he’s ‘proud’ to outdo Michael Vaughan

‘I’m living my dream’: Joe Root becomes England’s most decorated captain after his 27th test win – admitting he’s ‘proud’ to outdo fellow Yorkshire man Michael Vaughan

  • Joe Root led England to victory in the third Test against India on Saturday
  • The captain is now the most decorated captain of his country with 27 test victories
  • Root surpassed Michael Vaughan, England’s 2005 Ashes skipper for the title

Joe Root admitted he is fulfilling his childhood dream after England overtook Michael Vaughan as his country’s most successful test captain during India’s clinical scrapping at Leeds.

England’s series-levelling innings-and-76-run victory in the third Test was Root’s 27th in 55 games since taking the job in 2017, overtaking the previous record of 26 wins set by 2005 Ashes-winning captain Vaughan.

“I’m living my childhood dream, captain of England,” Root said. “It’s something I dreamed of when I was very little. This is a great group of players, who are very talented and committed to getting better.

Joe Root is now England's most winning captain after taking his 27th test win against India

Joe Root is now England’s most winning captain after taking his 27th test win against India

Michael Vaughan was the previous holder, the captain for England's iconic 2005 Ashes win

Michael Vaughan was the previous holder, the captain for England's iconic 2005 Ashes win

Michael Vaughan was the previous holder, the captain for England’s iconic 2005 Ashes win

“I couldn’t be prouder to have passed Michael. But you don’t do that alone as a captain, that also depends on the group of players and the technical staff. It’s all one big thing.

“You’re the one who makes the decisions, but it’s they who perform over and over again. I’m really proud of the way they’ve done that this week.

‘It was a very clinical presentation. We are now at 1-1, with a big smiley face in the dressing room and two big games ahead of us.’

Vaughan paid tribute to the England captain. “Joe is tough,” he said. “He may have that beautiful smile, but there’s a lot of steel inside. The only feather Joe can put on his cap is that little urn.

“I have said from day one that he has done everything the same as me. Same club, same Yorkshire county. He took everything from me except my wife!’

England came back to level the series against India at 1-1 after the third Test win at Headingley

England came back to level the series against India at 1-1 after the third Test win at Headingley

England came back to level the series against India at 1-1 after the third Test win at Headingley

Root is four games short of Alastair Cook’s record of leading England in 59 tests and said he would ‘set no time limit’ on how long he continues.

“It’s been quite a challenge during my tenure as captain,” Root said. “There has been a lot to contend with, a lot around the games, and not necessarily the full focus on the pitch.

‘But that’s part of the job. As long as I enjoy it, as long as we feel that we’re on the right track and that I think I’m the right man for it, I’m happy to keep doing it.’

His counterpart Virat Kohli said: ‘When you have played at this level for so long, you understand that these things happen in cricket. We didn’t have enough runs on the board and if you give too much away with the ball, it’s very difficult to get back into the game.

“The guys in the locker room are disappointed and hurt and the word ‘hurt’ is very important because it pushes you to correct the mistakes.”

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