England captain Joe Root doesn’t have any doubt he is still the man to lead the negative although defeat at Old Trafford.
Despite the disappointment, Root is eager to last as skipper although australia’s 185-run triumph in Manchester compelled England to face up to the reality of surrendering the Ashes and verified that they will continue to keep the urn.
“Certainly, yes,” he said when asked if he believed he was the perfect person for the job.
“Whenever you get rid of a series it hurts and I need to take that on the chin. It’s still very raw. You need to appear at areas that you wish to get at on your own and as a staff.
“However, I have been provided a fantastic chance to captain the Test side and certainly will keep working really hard doing my best at the. That’s in my control and I need to ensure I keep getting this team in the best shape to win as many games as you can.”
The hosts started the afternoon 18-2 needing to bat out 98 overs to pull of an improbable draw at a sold-out Old Trafford and Joe Denly (53) and Jason Roy (31) battled for 80 minutes before the latter was bowled by Pat Cummins.
Although Ben Stokes (1) was not able to repeat his Headingley heroics, Jos Buttler created a battling 34 off 111 balls, Jack Leach laboured for 12 away 54 and last guy out Craig Overton spent just under three hours in the crease for his 21 off 105 balls.
“I thought we showed great character, fight and belief in what we wanted to achieve now,” Root said. “I could not be pleased with the effort the guys put in today.
“It was a resilient performance but unfortunately it wasn’t enough. Like last week in Headingley we always believed and we try our hardest until the conclusion.
“You always can sit back and look at several areas of the game where you might have done things differently but from today’s standpoint I am really proud.
“When you’re in the place we had been at the onset of the day, the way the men fought as hard as they did, you learn much about your team, it reveals that the personality and everybody stood up and played with bravely.”
Root considers there’s plenty for England to play for with a draw on the series and Evaluation Championship points on the line despite Australia having already obtained the Ashes.
The England captain included the dominance of this seam bowlers during the show was demonstrating Test cricket at its summit.
“It is challenging to take dropping the Ashes at the point but we need to be sure we pick ourselves up and down up in The Oval,” he clarified.
“It had been another excellent Test match and it’s bitterly disappointing and we need to make certain we pick ourselves up and turn up for what is still rather a big game for us at The Oval.
“We have seen some great Test cricket over the course of this series so much and I hope the exact same to be the case in The Oval, it’s still a huge game for us. We want to be sure the series levels and a Exam championship is .
“I think every seamer has set all batters under stress during the series, bar Steve Smith. It has been hard work but that’s Test cricket at its finest.
“You expect it to be both challenging and you also expect guys to battle your defence and make life difficult for you. It has been one of the summers where batting was challenging and you have had to work for the runs.”
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