Root makes Ashes pledge
Joe Root says he has learnt so much from England's Ashes nightmare 18 months ago and is determined to win them back.
The Ashes get underway at Edgbaston today, when England will be looking to build on the momentum of winning the cricket World Cup and Root is desperate for the good times to continue.
He is also keen to banish the memory of the 2017/18 Ashes tour when England were hammered 4-0 on the field and suffered a number of controversies off it.
"You look back at an experience like that and take as much out of it as you can," Root said. "I felt absolutely gutted and raw at the end of it.
"I never want to lose a big series like the Ashes, but it does make you more steely and desperate to turn things around this time."
Root is now urging his players to keep their focus as they look to bring the urn back to home soil.
"It's an opportunity for this team to put themselves in the bracket with some famous teams, but we have to earn that right," he added. "We have to play some good cricket to get there and we're more than capable of doing so."
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.