Joe Root: New England Test captain’s ‘rollercoaster’ ride

Sunshine at Lord’s, acres of blue sky overhead, optimism in the warm July air. It often starts this way for new England Test captains. Goodwill is everywhere. All seems possible.

And it invariably ends rather differently: red eyes and unshaven faces, lost series and forgotten form, broken teams and scuttled dreams. Like being prime minister, you go in fresh-faced and full of ideas and emerge looking twice as old and half as happy.

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