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By Stephan Shemilt
BBC Sport at Old Trafford
Joe Root said he is the perfect man despite failing to regain the Ashes.
Defeat at the fourth Test at Old Trafford left England 2-1 supposed the holders will take the urn back down below and down with a single game to play with.
Root also presided over England defeat in Australia.
“I’ve been given a great chance to captain the Evaluation side and certainly will continue to work very hard at doing my best at that,” said Root.
“That is in my control I need to ensure I do whatever I could to get this team in the best shape to win as many games as possible.”
28, root, took responsibility for the Test side on day one of 2017 along with his win percentage of 50 is better than most but Michael Vaughan in the previous 38 years.
Root will become the England skipper since 2001.
“Whenever you drop a string, it hurts,” stated the Yorkshire batsman. “I must accept that on the brow. You need to look at places you need to improve at, both on your own and as a team.”
He also turned his focus into the fifth Test.
While a loss would leave them england can draw at 2-2. They are also currently looking for points in the World Test Championship that is new.
“We’ve to look forward to the next Test match and get something from the series,” he said.
“I understand the Ashes are not coming home, but in terms of the Test Championship, those points could be critical.
“You never want to drop an Ashes series and each match against Australia things. Turning up in the Oval and placing in a solid performance to win the match is crucial for this group.”
So as to make a draw, england needed to bat out the last day at Old Trafford.
In their target of 383 unrealistic, 18-2, living 98 overs to remain in the show their only alternative, they resumed on.
The hosts lost their eighth wicket with 29.1 overs remaining, only for Craig Overton and Jack Leach to boost expectations by batting together for at least an hour.
And Root said that his team were taking inspiration from their incredible third-Test win, when Leach helped Ben Stokes include 73 to the last wicket.
“With the character of the category, we constantly believe,” additional Root. “That was the feeling in the dressing room.
“The men fought extremely bravely. They dug and set a price on their wicket. That almost makes it a little bit more difficult to take but at the same time I could not be pleased with the way we fought today.”
Leach and Overton were disregarded in the space of 11 chunks, meaning Australia will depart the urn for the first time in 18 decades to England.
It denied check. Root denied any suggestion that the efforts put in to winning the World Cup for first time distracted the players in the Ashes.
“You become an Ashes show you place whatever you can into it,” he explained.
“You leave everything out on the field. This has been done by Everybody. At times we haven’t been in our . We’ve played an excellent side that has done well in these conditions.”
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