‘It shows a lot about where we are’: Root optimistic heading into final Ashes Test

Stuart Broad (L), Jos Buttler (C) and Joe Root (R) of England lines up for the national anthem ahead of day one of the Fourth Test Match in the Ashes series between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 05, 2022 in Sydney, Australia. Picture: Izhar Khan

England managed to hold on for salvation at the SCG when it held out for a thrilling draw played out in Sydney and the captain Joe Root insists this could be what gives the team some level of hope and confidence into the fifth test at Hobart.

While it has been nothing a rough Ashes tour for England, Root was optimistic that his side has more to show in the fifth test match in Hobart.

Speaking to media in Hobart, Root discussed just how much the improved effort to the traveling squad.

“I think if you look at the week we had and the number of different things that were thrown at the players leading into the game whether it be COVID-19 or a couple of injuries we had to manage during the game,” he said.

“I think it shows a lot about where we are as a team.

“Off the back off three very difficult games where we underperformed and not shown the best of our skills and performance as a team, so to come back and get something from that game showed a great amount of character.

“There was an element of relief just to get through those last overs in particular”

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The 31-year-old said Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow would be assessed by the medical staff over the next few days as they both picked up injuries in the fourth test match.

“We are going to assess to see how they pull up over the next couple of days I think it is important to give the guys a bit of rest and to decompress from the cricket,” he said.

“Hopefully we will know more after training today, we could find out today or tomorrow and manage it going into the game.

Root said that it was important to utilise the differing conditions in Hobart and hoped they could take a positive from the Ashes tour down under.

“It’s certainly got the nice cloud cover we are used to back home, I haven’t looked at the wicket yet but it would be interesting to see what that looks like,” he said.

“Whatever it is we have to make sure we apply ourselves quicker and better than we previously have”

“Australia has done that four times where they have utilised the conditions and read them better than us, It’s an opportunity to turn things around”

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