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Root hopes to continue as England skipper

18th September 2019, 16:30 by Nick Harris

Joe Root has insisted he is still the right man to captain the England Test side despite failing to win back the Ashes.

England drew the five-Test series against Australia 2-2 with many questioning Root's role as skipper amid claims he was too negative, while it was also suggested leading the side had a detrimental effect of his batting.

Root, who averaged 32 for England over the summer, says he is the right person for the role, however, and is keen to keep his position as captain and lead an Ashes winning side Down Under in two years' time.

He said: "I want to be captain 100 per cent. I absolutely love it. I'm very honoured to captain England and I want to take this team forward.

"I really do believe I'm the right man to do it. Hopefully I can get the backing and I can prove everyone right.

"Winning the Ashes back is a massive focus for English cricket, it has to be now.

"Winning in Australia would be a fantastic achievement and for me as Test captain I want to really push that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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