Root believes he can still turn the fortunes around for England in Test Cricket

Root believes he can still turn the fortunes around for England in Test Cricket

Joe Root believes he still has the potential to carry on as England’s Test captain, despite being thrashed by the Aussies second time down under, which was finished in humiliating fashion on Sunday with the loss of ten second-innings wickets in a span of 56 runs in their fifth-Test defeat at Hobart.
 
Chasing 271 for victory, England collapsed from 68 for 0 to 124 all out in just an hour-and-a-half’s play, as Australia completed the campaign in style with a 146-run victory. No England player in any one of the two innings scored more than 36, while Root himself – until recently the ICC’s No.1-ranked Test batter – is still unable to cross the three-figure mark in Australia, after being clean bowled for 11 by the find of the Ashes “Scott Boland”. 
 
This result means that England have now won none and lost 13 of their last 15 Tests in Australia since 2013, of which Root himself has featured in 14, and captained 10. This latest 4-0 result was the same scoreline he oversaw on his maiden tour on duty in 2017-18.
I still believe I am the right man to take this team forward – Root
“I’d love the opportunity to take this team forward and to turn things around,” Root said. “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 and turn things around and for us to start finding the performances that you’d expect from an English Test team, which we’ve been lacking of late.”
 
“I believe I am the right man to take this team forward, in my own eyes,” he said. “If that decision is taken out of my hands, then so be it, but I’d love the opportunity to carry that forward. And yes, I do have an appetite to carry on and to turn things around, but we’ll see how things unfold.”
 
“There’s a lot of things to consider,” Root said. “Playing in these bubbles takes its toll and there are certain things that definitely need to change. We’ve got an opportunity to really prioritise Test cricket off the back of this, and I’m sure I’ll get an opportunity to express my views, and how I think we can make significant changes to the red-ball game in our country.”
 
“But at the same time, it’s quite evident that Australia, at this moment in time, are a better team than us in all areas. It hurts me to say that, but it’s the reality of things. We’ve got to accept that and find a way of being better. Thankfully we’ve got four or five weeks at home, before the opportunity to go to the West Indies, and start to make significant improvement as a group of players.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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