‘I’m the right man to do it’: Joe Root determined to remain England Test captain and targets regaining the Ashes on Australian soil in 2021/22
- Joe Root has reaffirmed his commitment to the role of England Test captain
- Root faced questions over his leadership during the drawn Ashes series
- The batsman intends to stay on with the intention of regaining the Ashes
Joe Root has declared his desire to continue as England Test captain despite a failure to win back the Ashes from Australia after a drawn series.
The hosts won the fifth and final Test at the Oval to ensure the series would end tied, although as the holders Australia will retain the urn.
Joe Root is determined to remain as England captain despite failing to win the Ashes
‘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.’
As holders of the urn, Australia retained the Ashes after the series was drawn at 2-2
The next Ashes series will take place in Australia in 2021/22, and Root is determined to stay on to oversee a third contest – despite failing to win the previous two.
‘Winning the Ashes back is a massive focus for English cricket, it has to be now.
‘Winning down in Australia would be a fantastic achievement and for me as Test captain I want to really push that.
‘We need to be as prepared as we can be and that should start now. I’m really looking forward to starting that this winter and it will be a very exciting journey.’