Root looks to level series
Joe Root says he was proud of his England players despite losing the fourth Ashes Test against Australia.
The defeat means the Australians lead the series 2-1, and with just one Test remaining, they have retained the Ashes, but Root still had plenty of praise for his players.
They dug in on the final day at Old Trafford on Sunday, and as they entered the final session with four wickets in hand there was hope another miracle could be on the cards.
It was not to be as the Aussie bowlers mopped up the tail with overs to spare, but Rood refused to be too downbeat and says they will now attempt to level the series at the Oval.
"I'm bitterly disappointed. To come so close to taking it to The Oval is hard to take," Root said. "The way we fought today, the character we showed - every single one of them can be proud of that today. You learn a lot about your team. Everyone stood up and played bravely.
"We have seen some wonderful Test cricket and I expect the same at The Oval. We want to level the series. We have to pick ourselves up and turn up at The Oval."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.