Joe Root reacts after levelling Ashes series
England skipper Joe Root was finally seen smiling after seeing his side equal the Ashes series 2-2 in the wake of 135-run win at The Oval.
Four wickets apiece from Stuart Broad and Jack Leach helped to wrap up a sensational victory as Australia, who already retained the urn, were bundled out for 263 in their second innings with Jofra Archer’s 6/62 in the first having set a perfect platform.
Root said that his boys were excellent this week. The team might have lost the toss but they gave everything till the end and eventually, they reaped rewards. “We were excellent this week. Having lost the toss, to play as we did was fantastic. We drove the game all the time and got there in the end.,” he said.
“Jofra makes things happen, and he’s backed up with other skilful bowlers. Collectively we’ve shown a lot of character throughout the whole series.
“We were not always at our best, but we’ve fought really hard. Credit to Tim (Paine) and his team.”
Nothing to separate the sides after an incredible series 🤝
Congratulations to Australia on retaining the Ashes 🏴🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/XPml8EbIE8
England’s man of the series Ben Stokes confessed about the massive disappointment at not being able to win back the iconic Ashes but added that he and his team-mates were able to take some pride and comfort from drawing the series.
All-rounder Ben Stokes said: “Obviously it was disappointing in Manchester for us to know that we couldn’t get the Ashes back.
“But we turned up here this week knowing that we still had a huge amount of pride and the Test Championship to play for, and we managed to draw the series, which was the goal at the end of this game.”