2019 a success for England despite missing out on the Ashes: Joe Root

first_img India Today Web Desk LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 09:16 IST Joe Root has failed to put up big scores in Ashes 2019 (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSJoe Root rued the fact that England couldn’t prevent Australia from retaining the AshesRoot, however, looked back at the World Cup 2019 win with fondnessRoot also ruled out any chages in the England captaincyEngland captain Joe Root has insisted that while not winning the Ashes might be disappointing but their maiden men’s World Cup victory in July means that 2019 should still be seen as a successful year for the team. Australia retained the Ashes after beating the hosts in the 4th Test in Manchester thereby taking a 2-1 lead with just one Test to go.However, Root said that England’s primary aim now is to win the Oval Test and draw the series while collecting some valuable World Test Championship points.”It’s bitterly disappointing to not have got the Ashes back, but we haven’t lost anything yet,” he said.”We’ve got to make sure that we square the series up and there’s Test Championship points to play for as well which down the line could make a huge difference. To win the first 50-over World Cup is a huge achievement for English cricket, so, absolutely, it should be seen as a successful year, but we’ve got a chance to level this series and make it slightly better than it looks right now so that’s the full focus of the group.”England’s failure to stop Australia from retaining the Ashes – a 1st in 18 years – has also led to questions about Root’s captaincy to go along with those about playing techniques of several players in the current side.”In terms of personnel, things might change, as they have done for a while. But ultimately we need to focus on the core group of players that are going to lead this team forward both home and away and build from that and towards winning in Australia. We keep looking at different ways for sure, trying different things,” he said.advertisementRoot also heaped praise on talismanic Australian batsman Steve Smith, whose 671 runs in just 5 innings have largely been the difference between the 2 sides.”He’s played extremely well. He’s not really given many chances and we feel on a number of occasions in the first 20 balls we’ve beaten the bat a lot and it could have been very different but he’s managed to ride that out well and when he’s got in he’s made it really count.”The 5th and final Ashes Test starts at The Oval on Thursday.Also Read | Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanAlso Read | Ashes 2019: England bring in Sam Curran, Chris Woakes for 5th TestFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Joe RootFollow Ashes 2019Follow Steve SmithFollow World Cup 2019 2019 a success for England despite missing out on the Ashes: Joe RootEngland captain Joe Root, who became the 1st England captain in 18 years to have failed to win the Ashes at home, insisted that the World Cup 2019 means that the current year should still be counted as a successful one for his team.advertisement Nextlast_img read more