Ashes disaster in 2013-14 inspired us - Joe Root
After four Tests, England lead the ongoing series 3-1 with the win at Trent Bridge on Saturday helping them to reclaim the urn, and Root explained how the disastrous Ashes tour two years ago had motivated the team.
“That was one of the things that drove us forward,” Root said.
“Knowing what we went through there, all that hurt and pain, all the stuff we’ve had to overcome since then, I think the way we have handled ourselves has been brilliant and it’s shown by the performances we’ve put in on the field.”
Root expressed happiness in the way England had learnt from the mistakes committed in the previous Ashes series.
As a batsman, Root had a very poor tour of Australia in 2013-14 which, along with the team’s dismal performances, inspired the 24-year-old to raise his game this time around.
“Personally, that was the inspiration.
“That was a tough tour, so when you get into a position of strength out in the middle and you know what it’s like to be on the wrong side of it, you want to make sure you drive it home.
“That’s something that has always been in the back of my mind.
“It’s definitely one of the reasons why this is so enjoyable.”
Root has been in amazing form over the last 12 months while also becoming the leading run-scorer in Tests this year.
The Yorkshireman has also topped the batting charts in the ongoing Ashes series, compiling 443 runs at an average of 73 with two centuries.
His incredible consistency with the bat has seen him become the new number one ranked Test batsman, but Root insisted that he was far from becoming a complete batsman.
Root also feels that a more positive approach has worked wonders for him after having been dropped for the final Test of the previous Ashes series last year.
“The main thing I did was stick to my strengths,” he said.
“I worked on all the shots I thought were my bread and butter and made sure they were as good as they could possibly be.
“Rather than try to have the perfect game, I was going to make sure that, if balls came into areas where I felt comfortable scoring, then I was going to make sure I made it count.
“I have a lot of things I want to work on and I want to keep putting in strong performances.”
While England’s new brand of attacking cricket has grabbed headlines, another man who has surprised people has been skipper Alastair Cook who has been inventive in his captaincy.
Showering accolades on Cook’s captaincy, Root hopes that the left-hander will continue to be at the helm for a longer period of time.
“Cooky has been a fantastic captain throughout the series and throughout this summer.
“There have been times when we haven’t backed him up but thankfully this series we have.
“As far as captaincy is concerned, Cooky has just won the Ashes for the second time, so hopefully he’ll be in charge of us for a long time.
“He’s doing a fantastic job leading this group of players.”
England will be bolstered by the return of pace spearhead James Anderson for the final Ashes Test as the hosts look to seal the series with another win that will propel them to second spot in the Test rankings displacing their Ashes rivals.
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