Mumbai: Questions has been raised against England red ball captain Joe Root after losing their first failure to win a home Ashes series in 18 years.
England had tried to gain the Ashes by defeating Root 4–0 against Australia in 2017/18.
But Australia’s 185-run victory in the fourth Test at Old Trafford on Sunday left them with an unassailable 2–1 lead in the five-match series before concluding next week at The Oval.
Root, whose tactical acumen has been questioned in this series, maybe England’s best batsman, but three of his final five Test innings have ended in ducks.
Still, he had no doubt about his role in the often tense role of England captain.
It was England’s first defeat at the Old Trafford Test since 2001 and Root has little time, one of the many players involved in this season’s World Cup triumph, in which The Oval revived the spirits that flagged off before the start of Thursday To do.
However, England could still end the series at 2–2 and gain valuable points in the inaugural World Test Championship with a win in South London.”It’s important to watch next week,” Root said.
“We have an important Test match against Australia and we have to make sure we strengthen this summer: don’t lose this Ashes series.
“We have the Test Championship to play, not to lose this Ashes series. It matters to me, it matters to everyone involved.
“I know Ash will not be coming home, but in the context of the Test Championship, those points may be important at the end of the two-year cycle.
“Every game against Australia matters.
England VS Australia 5th test match will take place on the 12th of September.