Joe Root became England‘s most successful Test captain in Leeds, wining his 27th game as a skipper overtaking Michael Vaughan’s tally of 26. However, the 2005 Ashes-winning captain feels Root will be on the list of great English leaders only if he defeats Australia.
Root has captained in two Ashes – one in a loss and another was drawn. Michael Vaughan reckons the Yorkshireman would be happy to swap either of his 27 wins for the coveted Ashes trophy. He says though the WTC is now the new aim for Test teams, for England and Australia, the Ashes remains the pinnacle.
“Right now I am pretty sure he would swap some of those 27 victories for an Ashes series win. He wants more than anything to experience that feeling of holding up the urn because it is the only piece missing from his career. Perhaps it will change in time and winning the World Test Championship will become the pinnacle for captains but at the moment for the leaders of England and Australia it is the Ashes that matters above all else,” Michael Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
England will tour Australia later in the year. This would be Root’s third attempt to defeat Australia as a skipper.
“I realise I might cop a little bit of flak for this but Joe will not go down as a great captain until he beats Australia, probably even in his own mind, and who knows, his third crack at it this winter might be his last. Not many get four bites at the cherry. When you receive that great phone call to offer you the England job, your sole focus is on how to beat Australia. You want to win the Ashes more than anything and anyone who disagrees is lying,” he added.
Big thing now is to win this series against India: Michael Vaughan
On the ongoing series against India, the 46-year-old stated that it would be quite an achievement for England if they are able to defeat Virat Kohli’s side, considering the number of players they are missing – not least in Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, and Stuart Broad.
“His big thing now is to win this series, which would be a great achievement from where England have been this summer, and the number of high-calibre players they have lost, and then refocus on Australia,” Michael Vaughan added.
The series stands level at 1-1 after three Tests. The fourth encounter is slotted for the Oval from September 2.