Root wants to continue as captain despite Ashes loss
After Australia got the better of England in Manchester to retain the Ashes urn, scores of England supporters wanted Joe Root to give up his captaincy and focus on his batting. Though Root was heartbroken with the result, he had insisted that he “definitely” wants to continue as captain of England.
Australia’s win at Old Trafford gave them an unassailable 2-1 lead in the Ashes series and it was also Australia’s first successful Ashes campaign in England soil since 2001.
“I definitely want to carry on as captain,” Root said. “I have been given a fantastic opportunity to captain the Test side and will continue to work very hard at doing my best at that.
“In many ways, we were an inexperienced team. We have to learn quickly. We were not as good as we would have liked to be or consistent throughout the whole game. This can’t keep happening. You are not going to win many games if you start behind. There is still plenty to learn for this group.”
Joe Root had also insisted there is still a lot of cricket to be played for in the final Test. England might have lost the Ashes but they can still go on to put up a good fight because the introduction of the ICC World Test Championship drives motivation for the teams to give absolutely everything.
“Every game against Australia matters,” Root said. “We have to make sure we finish this summer strong. We have an important Test match against Australia and we have the Test Championship to play for. We have to get something out of this series.
Joe Root clearly states that the past is past and he is focusing the Test Championship campaign as the points play an important role.
“I know the Ashes are not coming back but, in terms of the Test Championship at the end of the two-year cycle, those points could be crucial. You never want to lose an Ashes series but turning up at The Oval and putting in a strong performance is crucial for this group.”
England will take on Australia for the fifth and final Test, which starts on Thursday at the Oval and the squad will be announced on Monday.