Root heartbroken after Australia retain the Ashes
Not a long ago, England won maiden ODI World Cup under Eoin Morgan’s captaincy. Following the incredible success, the expectations got doubled among the English fans as they were expecting Joe Root and Co to pull off a masterstroke in the Ashes series in the hope that they would complete a historic double. Unfortunately, things didn’t pan out well for England.
Australia were by far the better side and the result finally ended in their favour 2-1. After Australia retained the Ashes, England skipper, Joe Root was heartbroken. The emotional skipper admitted he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ after the team’s hopes of winning back the Ashes were brought down by Australia at Old Trafford.
England failed to go about their business on the final day of the fourth Test after being bowled out 197 with 13.3 overs of the match remaining only to slip to a 185-run defeat.
No matter what the outcome of the final Test is, Australia have already won the Ashes. The game was still on after England kept their Ashes hopes alive with a thrilling victory at Headingley but were unable to weave the magic in Manchester and the skipper admitted the setback was ‘hard to take’.
‘I’m bitterly disappointed,’ Root said. ‘I thought the way we fought today, the character we showed, every single one of them can be proud of that today. ‘To come so close to taking it to The Oval is hard to take. we’ve still got to look forward and make sure we level the series.
‘We fought hard and bravely throughout the game, but we’re in the position we are now.’ Steve Smith has scored over 600 runs in just five innings during the series and Root added: ‘Steve has played very well. He’s a world-class player.
You need to take any chance you get at him early. The first Test is probably the difference between the two sides. ‘They’ve bowled well throughout. I think the way we went about our business today was impressive. The guys will take a lot from that.
‘You learn a lot about your team and players in situations like this and we stood up to the challenge and fought bravely.’ Former England captain Michael Vaughan praised Root’s response to the defeat but says the team need to ‘rebuild’ after failing to win back the Ashes.
‘I thought Joe Root spoke very well,’ former England skipper Vaughan said. ‘That is part and parcel of the job. ‘You have to take the tough days as the skipper. Joe will be absolutely gutted the team haven’t played good enough cricket to win the series. ‘He has to get the team together. Every game against Australia is a big event. The rebuild has to start somewhere.’
Meanwhile, Australia captain Tim Paine said that he is pleased and proud of his boys for their incredible comeback from Headingley. ‘I didn’t think it would be this emotional.
‘The amount of work that’s tried to go on in to retain the Ashes has been enormous and I’m really proud of this group and how we bounced back from Headingley. ‘The atmosphere, I was just saying to the guys, at every ground has been unbelievable.
‘We’re thrilled. This is what we came here to do, to take the Ashes home. ‘We’ll have a bloody good night tonight together and celebrate but we’ll be back on deck next week. We want to win the Ashes 3-1.’