Root plans return down under
Joe Root is looking to the future and still hopes to be England captain when they return to Australia for the 2021 Ashes series.
England have surrendered the urn as they trail Australia 3-0 heading into the fifth and final Test which begins in Sydney tomorrow, and Root admits lessons need to be learnt.
Root's men were almost in turmoil before they landed in Australia following Ben Stokes' behaviour outside a Bristol nightclub, while their off-field antics again made the headlines on two occasions in Perth.
England will get the chance to win the Ashes back on home soil, but Root is looking further ahead, and says the planning has to start now.
"It's really important that next time we come here, we don't look at it in a daunted way, or feel like there's a massive gap between the two sides," he said.
"If we do things in the right way and if certain things fall into place for us, we've got a really good chance next time round.
"It's going to be really important that we look at performing out here from now - not too far down the line, two years or a year in advance. The planning for it has to start now."
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.