Australia retained the Ashes urn in English soil for the first time since 2001
England team captain Joe Root said that his side has two-and-a-half years to focus on building for the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia. The team failed to take home the Ashes urn after Australia won in the fourth Test. It was the first time that the Aussies regained the urn in England since their win in 2001.
In order to build for the next series, Root eyes on focusing on the core group of players in the team.
'In terms of my own captaincy I know the direction I want to take this team moving forward and it is about starting that now and not after this series. It is important we win this game and have a really strong winter and move forward as a group’,
‘In terms of personnel things might change – as they have done for a while – but we have to focus on the core group of players that can lead this team forward, home and away, then build from that. Build towards winning in Australia and use the next two years to focus on putting in a winning tour Down Under. That’s a real incentive for everyone: to be part of something special down there’, said Root.
Joe Root’s side is 2-1 down after their fourth Test defeat. They only won during the third Ashes Test at Headingley. The home team defeated the visitors by one wicket.
The Yorkshire batsman also said that despite they failed to regain the Ashes, their maiden victory at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 last summer should be viewed as a success.
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