For Joe Root, Ashes will be bigger than World Cup
England’s Joe Root couldn’t have asked for a better day in his life as he lifted the maiden World Cup along with his teammates at Lord’s on July 14 after beating New Zealand in a boundary countback rule.
However, Joe Root is not done yet after this accolade. He is now looking forward to the upcoming Ashes series and he believes that the Ashes is much bigger than the World Cup.
England will host Australia for the Ashes series, scheduled to take place from August 1 to September 16. The upcoming Ashes is going to be one cracker of a contest as Australia will look to take revenge on England as they were knocked out by the English team in the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
“There’s been a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes to make sure we’re ready when that comes around. It always is so special: the atmosphere; the two weeks leading in; the way it builds; the way the guys get excited about it,” cricket.com.au quoted Joe Root, as saying.
In the previous meeting between the two titans, Australia got the better of England in the five-match Ashes Test series winning four of them and one game ended in a tie.
“It’s like no other series in Test cricket. I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be massive, especially on the back of this (World Cup). It will make it even bigger. It (Ashes) would be the pinnacle. It’s what we set out to do at the start of the year… two to three years, actually. And we’re halfway there. A lot of hard work to go but hopefully we can do that,” he added.
“We couldn’t be in a better place, really. Having achieved what we’ve achieved here, there will be talk about us going one step better and picking ourselves up off the back of it. But ultimately the confidence this will give the guys to take into a series like that -especially the way we’ve played against Australia at Edgbaston in that semi – the guys involved will relish that and want more of that” he said.
“The feeling of euphoria we felt at that ground and yesterday. To experience all that again is very exciting. Ashes cricket always has a different edge to it and that in itself will get everyone going,” he added.