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Joe Root hails team performance in Ashes win

England's Joe Root celebrating the Ashes win with the urn.
England's Joe Root celebrating the Ashes win with the urn.
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England vice-captain Joe Root hailed the performance of his team in the Ashes, which saw the hosts reclaim the coveted urn from Australia with a 3-2 series victory.

Apart from Root, Alastair Cook was the only Englishman in the top five run-scorers in the series and Stuart Broad was the lone Englishman in the top five wicket-takers.

This reflects how England were able to achieve wins by performing together as a team to seize the opportunities that were presented to them.

Stating that it was a great experience to be part of this Ashes winning squad, Root gave the credit to every member of the team for securing the victory.

“Credit has to go to the squad for that,” Root told Sky Sports.

“It has been such a team performance throughout the whole series.

“Everyone has contributed.

“It has been great to be a part of such a fantastic team.” 

England, who had a chance to win four matches in an Ashes series at home for the very first time, failed to achieve the landmark as Australia inflicted an innings defeat upon them in the final Test at The Oval.

Root credited Australia for taking control of the game very early to outplay England comprehensively in all the facets of the game.

“Credit has to go to Australia,” said Root.

“They have outplayed us in all the three departments.

“Unfortunately we have to take it on the chin.

“But we can celebrate right now.” 

Root refused to believe that the celebrations after the series clinching victory at Trent Bridge had anything to do with England’s poor performance in the final Test.

The 24-year-old further asserted that England will have to quickly learn from the mistakes made in this Test in order to move forward and improve further.

“The guys prepared very well for this Test match. We had a poor couple of hours two days ago, which really hurt us.

“Australia being the good side they are, did not let us back in the game, credit goes to them.

“We have to make sure that moving forward, we learn from that and we improve quickly.”

England have had some memorable moments in this series, including two victories inside three days in the third and the fourth Tests.

When asked to pick his favourite moment from the Ashes, Root said that it was tough to select a particular memory, as the entire series has been great for the team.

“Tonight will be hard to beat, if I'm being perfectly honest.

“All of it's been great. It's hard to pick individual parts out.

“I just love spending time with that group of guys and I look forward to everything going forward as well.”

With his consistent recent performances, Root has climbed up the ladder to become the number one ranked Test batsman, dethroning Australia’s Steven Smith.

In the Ashes, Root was England's highest run-scorer and by far the best batsman, having scored 460 runs at an average of 57.50 with two hundreds and two fifties to his name.

Despite being the only England batsman to average more than 40.00 in this series, Root felt that he had to work harder and continue to improve to become the best.

"I need to score more runs than I did in this Test match going forward.

“That comes with playing for England and playing international cricket.

“You always have the responsibility to score runs.

“That is never going to change.

“All I'm going to do is keep doing what I've done all this year and keep trying to improve and become the best I possibly can.”

The focus will now shift to the solitary Twenty20 International and the five-match One-Day International series between England and Australia, which will get underway from 31st August in Cardiff.

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