JOE ROOT has admitted he may be heading into his last game as England captain in the latest friendly against West Indies in Grenada.
root acknowledged that his future role will be at the discretion of the full-time coach, who the ECB intends to appoint before the summer.
And when the Yorkshireman was forced to make another change of plan after speedy Ollie Robinson was sidelined again through injury, Root also conceded he could be replaced as skipper.
Root said: “I think I’m the right man to take the team forward.
“But if the head coach comes in and thinks differently, that’s fine, that’s their decision.
“I’m massive England Fan. I just want to make sure we’re okay.
“So I’ll continue to do whatever it takes to make us the best we can and if that means I’m not in that position over time, I’ll still do whatever it takes to help this team and try to do it us to the best team in the world.
“That will never change. That passion to make England as good as possible will always be there, no matter what my capacity in this team.
“I really hope I get this opportunity, but it’s completely out of my control. I’m in control of helping this team put on a really strong performance to win this series.”
Two pudding-field draws in Antigua and Barbados have resulted in a result at Queens Park Stadium where the Windies have not won any of their three previous Tests, including a loss to England in 2015.
But Root and Co, who made a change, with Craig Overton replacing Matt Fisher, are again without Robinson, who failed to complete the last training session.
Root said: Ollie wasn’t doing as well as we would have liked or he was expecting himself.
“It’s just as frustrating for him as it is for me. He works very hard, but something is nagging at him. I’m not sure about the medical prognosis.”
The streak at St George’s appeared greener than in the first two games, raising hopes of a wicket result.
Over time, the one thing you never want a team to forget is how to win
But after just one win in their last 16 Test matches – against India at Headingley last summer – England need to show they can get over the line.
Root admitted: “Over time, you never want a team to forget how to win.
“If we keep playing like we have been and keep putting ourselves in the positions we had in the last two tests, we will win games again.
“I really hope that we can take another step forward as a team and get across the finish line because there has been a lot of good stuff out here.
“The happiest thing is every game where we didn’t have that nightmare session that cost us the Test.
“We’ve been looking at every single session and hour and trying to win every single one of them.
“It hasn’t always worked out that way, but I think that mentality has served us really well so far.”
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