England captain Joe Root insisted that he wants to continue as the Test captain despite the 0-4 thrashing in the recently concluded Ashes series against Australia.
The Aussies completed the formalities in Hobart by securing a 146-run victory in the day-night affair. Following the completion of the series, Root said that he has the appetite to continue as the captain.
“I believe that I am the right man to take this team forward. If that decision is taken out of my hands, so be it. I have an appetite to carry on and turn things around.”
“At the minute we are going through a real tough stage as a group of players and the performances haven’t been good enough, but I’d love the opportunity to try to turn things around and for us to start putting in performances from an English Test team,” Root said.
“We’re never going to win scoring less than 200” – Joe Root
Joe Root further mentioned that there were a few silver linings in the fifth Test like the opening 68-run stand between Rory Burns and Zak Crawley but they failed to capitalize on it.
“There were soft dismissals in there. One thing evident in this game is how session dependent it is in these conditions. They’ve favoured bowlers in this Test.”
“It’s the hope that kills you sometimes. A brilliant opening stand and then to lose some of the wickets in the fashion we did was disappointing. We can spend all day dissecting but it’s clear where we need to improve. We need to be better with bat. We’re never going to win scoring less than 200,” Root added.
England went from 68-0 to 124 all out in under two hours to cede the fifth Test by 146 runs.