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England needed a new voice: Gower

Former England captain David Gower believes it was the right call for Joe Root to stand down as captain.


Root announced on Friday that after a period of reflection following the West Indies tour he knew the time was right.


After winning their opening three Tests of 2021, England have won just one since, losing 11 and drawing five of their past 17.


"I have loved leading my country, but recently it's hit home how much of a toll it has taken on me and the impact it has had on me away from the game," Root said.

"It has been the most challenging decision I have had to make in my career but having discussed this with my family and those closest to me; I know the timing is right."


On the BBC Gower said over the past 12-18 months, nothing had gone right for Root.


"At some stage you get to the point - and I remember this from all those years ago - where you realise that whatever you say or do, it's not going to inspire a team any more.


"A lot of people, including me, had decided it was time for a new voice."


All-rounder Ben Stokes would be the leading candidate to replace Root.


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