Root proud as England fight back
England have taken a step in the right direction after winning the fifth and final Ashes Test to level the series, Joe Root has said.
Australia retained the Ashes after going 2-1 up in the series at Old Trafford last week but England still had pride to play for and fought back well to win at the Oval.
It means Australia have still not won a series on English soil in 18 years and Root was happy to finish on a positive note.
Speaking before the final Test, the Yorkshireman called for a response from his players and that is exactly what he got. Now he wants more of it in the future as England look ahead to trying to win the Ashes down under in 2020/21.
"I thought we were brilliant. To bounce back from a very difficult and emotional week, to come and play in the manner we have, the team has character in abundance," Root said.
"This was more of a template of how to play moving forward. It is a step in the right direction. I am very proud of everyone's effort throughout the summer."
England man of the series Ben Stokes added: "It was disappointing to know we couldn't get the Ashes back but we came here with a lot of pride and looking to draw the series.
"I'll look back on winning at Headingley in a few years' time with fond memories probably, but I'd swap it for winning the Ashes still."
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.