Chris Woakes says Joe Root still has the backing of the team as captain

English fast bowler Chris Woakes has supported captain Joe Root’s leadership, despite the team’s horrific form in red ball cricket in 2021.

England won just four of their 15 Tests in 2021, including one of their last 12 matches.

The final stitch was an embarrassing display at the Boxing Day Test, where they were beaten in the second round for just 68 runs.

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Woakes says, however, that the management of Root is not to blame.

“Joe is a great cricketer with a great cricket brain. Hopefully he can continue [as captain], he told BBC Sport.

Regardless of Root’s captaincy troops, there can be no doubt that without his battle form, a terrible year could have been significantly worse.

“We have not been able to beat him well,” Woakes said.

“You would expect that we are likely to deliver much stronger performance than we have.”

Woakes says Root “absolutely” still has the backing of the players.

A fierce series is now moving to Sydney, where England will try to regain pride after already losing Ashes.

They will be without coach Chris Silverwood, who will miss the fourth Ashes Test in Sydney after being forced into isolation.

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