Ashes 2019: Joe Root says England’s summer is a ‘huge success’ after levelling series
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From Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at The Oval
England captain Joe Root stated levelling the Ashes in 2-2 round off a summer that has been a”huge success” for English cricket.
Victory in an awesome final watched England win an initial World Cup in July.
Though they didn’t recover the Ashes,” Ben Stokes inspired them into an win in the third Test and success at The Oval guaranteed the series.
“What a summer of cricket it’s been,” said Root.
England’s World Cup final victory over New Zealand came following a super more than was tied, however, at Headingley, Stokes played one of the all-time great innings to lead the hosts to their greatest Test run-chase, the last 76 runs coming into a last-wicket stand using Jack Leach.
“It’s been phenomenal,” added that the Yorkshire batsman. “That World Cup was amazing, for it to finish how it did, made for excellent viewing – not just the England games, but across the board.
“It was backed up by this equally matched Ashes series. We were blessed with support that was brilliant throughout along with the cricket was gripping. It was hard to participate in at times when we had been on the end of this.
“It’s been a huge success for English cricket and a terrific chance to spring the game forward in this country.”
England’s defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford guaranteed Australia could keep the Ashes and could not lose the series.
But, defending a record which has seen them never lose a home show England levelled the series at The Oval using a 135-run victory.
“A 2-2 score seems a hell of a lot easier than 3-1,” said Root, who has failed to acquire either of the Ashes series as captain. “It’s probably a fair outcome.
“There have been instances when we have been out skilled and we have been cluttered for the odd hour here and there, that has cost usbut we have always fought quite hard.
“Hopefully that is going to be a huge stepping stone and starting point from where people can kick on as a team.”
And Root his desire to still be in charge when England attempt to win the urn at the tour of Australia in 2021-22, stating he would like to be captain for the”long haul”.
“I am distressed to carry this team forward,” he explained. “I’m in a really privileged position to become captain of the Evaluation team and I will do whatever I to can to get us quite well prepared for going down there and hopefully doing something really particular.”
England all-rounder Ben Stokes:”It was a weird feeling in the end. We are very satisfied with what we managed to do in this match but we couldn’t win the Ashes.
“In the beginning of summer everybody was so excited with what we had ahead, now the summer came to an end it’s been fantastic to be a part of as an individual participant.
“I don’t think you may ever look back and ask what should we’d done this or done different. It’s been a excellent series that has ebbed and flowed and that’s revealed in the final result. I believe it’s a result between two and teams everybody else was treated to a terrific series and since Ashes cricket consistently is.
“I will look back Headingley in a few years’ time with fond memories likely, but I’d swap it winning to your Ashes still.”
Asked if Joe Root is the Perfect person to take England forward, Stokes explained:”100 percent”
England bowler Jofra Archer, who was named man of the game after taking 6-62 in the first innings:”In the minute I have set an England shirt on it has been enjoyable cricket. I am glad we could draw the series. Jeez… bowling at Steve Smith was a task. I am glad to see the back of him”
Former England captain Michael Vaughan:”Steve Smith has been pleasure to see. From where he had been at Edgbaston, that first innings was unique. His team were gone at 122-8 and the way Peter Siddle was shepherded by him and performed with control. That was one of the excellent Test innings. He’s really been a joy to see.
“With England, I think we might observe a change in approach the Test team takes. The players will miss the one-day games if they’re playing with all 3 formats. The Test team needs a little bit of TLC and Joe Root would be your skipper to carry them forward.”
Jon Room on Twitter: World Cup. Super over. A quick check of these rules. The nut. Death and taxes. The afternoon Tuffers has been in. Headingley chase. Sir Benjamin Stokes. Broad to Warner. Series drawn. Jim along with THE SHIPPING FORECAST. Thank you to cricket TMS’s summer.
Joe at Greece Ashes because 2005.
Arthur Branch: What a summer of cricket – Stokes’ catch in The Oval versus South Africa, England’s semi-final win over Australia, Stokes’ heroics from the World Cup final, winning the World Cup following a super over, Headingley and a dazzling Ashes series finishes 2-2.
Antony Butler: Goodbye cricket. I miss it.
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