Australia Retain The Ashes Abroad For The First Time Since Bloody 2001

Ross Houston
September 10, 2019

"I am good. I am still feeling pretty good".

"I have come back fresh from a year out, but relaxed and chilled out".

"One thing England haven't had for the last few years is a solid top order, and we haven't got too many players in county cricket who are banging the door the down to say "I am England's next top Test opener".

Boycott, however, is more concerned with Root's failure to seize on crucial moments during the current series - pointing to Saturday's afternoon session when Australia were wobbling on 63 for four to leave the door slightly ajar.

"Obviously there's another game left but to know it's coming home, that's extremely exciting", Smith said.

"I want to be the one in the middle doing my job for the team as I don't particularly enjoy watching cricket!"

Overton, Joe Denly and Jos Buttler faced a combined 339 deliveries, giving their team hope of completing a great escape on a par with Monty Panesar and Jimmy Anderson's Cardiff miracle in 2009. When you are known as a cheat, and he is, I'm not going to sugar coat it.

After the miracle of Headingley, when Ben Stokes hit an unbeaten 135 to get England over the line in a dramatic one-wicket win, the fight showed by Root's team on the final day in Manchester, when they took this Test down to the final 13.3 overs, offered hope of another shock result.

The three-day turnaround before the fifth Test at The Oval always meant it would be hard for England to do anything dramatic to the make-up of their squad, but they retained the same XI plus Sam Curran and Chris Woakes, who missed out on selection in Manchester.

"It is still very hurts".

When asked if England would benefit from having Root freed from the captaincy, Farbrace said: "That's always the question that comes up after every series. That's just the game of cricket, you've got to pick yourself up and it's just the way you bounce back".

But a 2-2 series draw remains a possibility for Joe Root's side, a matter of pride as well as points in the new World Test Championship.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) celebrated their country's victory against England in the fourth Test of the Ashes 2019 series by trolling the opponents on their social media handle.

"The group has clearly been through a fair bit of adversity, some more than others, but a lot of the guys in that change room have been through what happened at Cape Town", Paine said.

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