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In Case You Missed it: Root steps down, Shrubsole steps away, Sri Lanka, Australia get new coaches

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Joe Root leads England off after their defeat, West Indies vs England, 3rd Test, Grenada, 4th day, March 27, 2022

Root canal: England's long, hard season away claims its final head  •  Getty Images

A week of changes in cricket as England lose their Test captain and England women a star bowler, Anya Shrubsole. At the IPL, R Ashwin and Rajasthan Royals make ripples as they introduce possibly the newest T20 innovation - tactically retiring a batter out.
Joe Root steps down as England Test captain
Last week, Eoin Morgan succinctly summed up England's power vacuum: they had no coach, no managing director of cricket and no selector. And now they've also lost their Test captain. Joe Root stepped down with a statement that said, "I loved leading my country but recently it's hit home how much of a toll it has taken on me". Andrew Miller looks at the possible captaincy candidates, and finds slim pickings. Mark Nicholas looks at the English game at large and at what it needs to do to get back on track.
Anya Shrubsole retires from international cricket
The hero of England's 2017 World Cup triumph called time on her 14-year international career but will continue to play domestically.
South Africa complete 2-0 sweep after Maharaj seven-for demolishes Bangladesh
Bangladesh crumbled to spin for the second time in as many Tests and barely batted for an hour on the fourth morning, folding for 80 in the second innings. Firdose Moonda on a strong showing from a second-string South African team.
Andrew McDonald appointed full-time Australia men's coach
He has been given a four-year deal to coach all three formats after a brief period as interim coach in Pakistan, but he has some tough challenges ahead. Alex Malcolm says that for the unassuming McDonald, more than his record of success, it's his style of coaching that stands out.
Five key issues new Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood must address
After parting ways with the ECB after England's Ashes defeat, Silverwood has been named Sri Lanka's new head coach on a two-year contract.
Australia's dominance in women's cricket is no fluke
Ian Chappell says the way the women's game has developed in the country is a lesson for the rest of the world. How closely did you follow the Women's World Cup? Take our recap quiz on the 2022 edition and find out.
Which player has faced the most balls in a single T20I?
And does Jos Buttler hold the record for most runs in an IPL innings without hitting a four? Steven Lynch has answers.
Can Rohit Sharma the India T20I batter turn up for Mumbai Indians please? Gaurav Sundararaman and Shiva Jayaraman look at his numbers since 2019 that show that he has found the job of opening a lot trickier in the IPL than for his country
The horrible truth about Pat Cummins
The history-making, farm-running, nice-guy Australian captain can do no wrong. In this month's Light Roller, Alan Gardner goes looking for the Faustian pact Cummins has undoubtedly made.
Watch: 25 Questions with Ravi Shastri
Who had the best mustache in cricket in the 80s? And what is the best meme India's former coach has seen of himself? We asked Ravi Shastri about commentary, controversies, and that 1985 Audi.
Ian Bell: 'I want to be head coach because I'm ready, not because I'm an ex-player'
The former England batter, now Derbyshire's new batting consultant, tells Matt Roller why he chose to coach in Division Two, and why he'd like to work in the subcontinent in the future.
Who had the more impressive ten-Test winning streaks - Australia or West Indies?
And how have other teams fared in their ten best and worst consecutive Tests? Anantha Narayanan does a deep dive into the numbers.