X

Saturday 29
February

Cricket

Root switches focus to next Ashes series

12th September 2019, 05:14 by Michael Holland

England have to switch focus to winning the Ashes in Australia in 2021-22 and the process starts today, Joe Root says.

England and Australia go head-to-head in the final Ashes Test, with the first day getting underway at the Oval today, but the baggy greens lead 2-1 and have the urn in the bag.

England will be determined to win the Test and level the series and Root says that would be a good start as they plan ahead to the next series down under.

"We have to use the next two-and-a-half years to focus on putting in a winning tour down under," said Root. "That's a real incentive for everyone, to be part of something special there."

Root himself has come under pressure and there has been talk of a change of captain, but the 28-year-old is set to remain at the helm and is clear with his goals for the future.

"I know the direction I want to take this team and it's about starting that now, not after this series," said the Yorkshire batsman.

"It's about trying to make sure we use this match as a stepping stone, win this game, have a really strong winter and move forward as a group."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

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.

More Cricket

Cricket

Archer won't blame Root over elbow issue

28th February 2020, 15:40

Fast bowler Jofra Archer has denied that Joe Root's captaincy of the England team is behind his injury problems.

Cricket

England star ruled out of Sri Lanka tour

28th February 2020, 13:24

England fast bowler Mark Wood will miss the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka due to a left side strain.

Cricket

Sunrisers reinstate Warner as captain

27th February 2020, 16:16

Australia batsman David Warner has been named as Sunrisers Hyderabad captain, two years after he stepped down from the role

Cricket

Batsman Donald secures new Hampshire deal

27th February 2020, 10:22

Injured batsman Aneurin Donald has been handed a two-year contract extension to keep him at Hampshire.

Cricket

Nottinghamshire tie down Broad for two more years

26th February 2020, 16:54

Nottinghamshire have announced paceman Stuart Broad has signed a new two-year deal at Trent Bridge.

Cricket

Welsh Fire confirm Australia star as captain

26th February 2020, 12:25

Welsh Fire have confirmed Australia superstar Steve Smith will captain them during the inaugural season of The Hundred.

Recent Sport Headlines

Leicester City

Norwich City 1-0 Leicester City

28th February 2020, 22:17

Jamal Lewis scored his first league goal for Norwich City as the rock-bottom Canaries beat third-placed Leicester City 1-0 at Carrow Road.

Tennis

Tsitsipas seals final spot in Dubai

28th February 2020, 18:38

Stefano Tsitsipas proved too strong for Dan Evans to seal his spot in the final at the Dubai Tennis Championships.

Rugby League

Wolfpack to be without forward for four months

28th February 2020, 18:37

Brad Singleton requires surgery on his knee and is set to be out of action for Toronto Wolfpack for four months.

Rugby Union

Warriors set six-week timeframe for Nakarawa recovery

28th February 2020, 18:12

Dave Rennie is hoping to have Glasgow Warriors lock Leone Nakarawa back in around six weeks after a knee injury.

Hibernian

Giggs keeping close eye on Doidge

28th February 2020, 17:39

Wales manager Ryan Giggs says he is keeping tabs on Hibernian striker Christian Doidge ahead of his side's upcoming friendlies.

Everton

Abraham injury must surely put English duo in Southgate’s plans

28th February 2020, 17:39

With Frank Lampard unsure how long Tammy Abraham will be out of action for, now is the time for Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to be handed England calls.

Leeds United

Premier League clubs taking the leap year of faith

28th February 2020, 17:39

This weekend will see Premier League matches take place on February 29 for the first time since 2004.

Manchester United

Napoli ready to part company with Koulibaly

28th February 2020, 17:39

Napoli are reportedly willing to sell Kalidou Koulibaly this summer in order to fund an overhaul of the squad.