While entire England is celebrating recent Cricket World Cup victory, Joe Root is getting ready for the upcoming home Ashes series. English Test captain Joe Root believes that the forthcoming Ashes series will be bigger after their World Cup victory.
England recently hosted the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup where they won their maiden CWC crown. While England played the CWC final on last Sunday (14th July), they are just two weeks away to begin their Ashes journey.
In the 2019 Ashes series, England will host the five-match Test series against Australia from 1st August to 16th September. Since 2005, England have won all their home Ashes series.
Joe Root is excited about the upcoming Ashes series. He believes that their World Cup victory will make the forthcoming Ashes series bigger.
According to cricket.com.au, Root told, “There’s been a lot of stuff going on behind the scenes to make sure we’re ready when that comes around.
“It always is so special: the atmosphere; the two weeks leading in; the way it builds; the way the guys get excited about it. It’s like no other series in Test cricket. I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be massive. Especially on the back of this. It will make it even bigger.”
We couldn’t be in a better place – Joe Root
Ahead of their Ashes series, England will play a four-day Test (24-27 July) against Ireland at Lord’s (London). After that Test match, England will travel to Edgbaston (Birmingham) to play the first Ashes Test.
Incidentally, during the second semi-final of recently concluded 2019 CWC, England faced Australia at Edgbaston (Birmingham). The hosts played strong cricket in that game as they thrashed the defending champions Australia by eight wickets.
Root added, “We couldn’t be in a better place, really. Having achieved what we’ve achieved here, there will be talk about us going one step better and picking ourselves up off the back of it.
“But ultimately the confidence this will give the guys to take into a series like that — especially the way we’ve played against Australia at Edgbaston in that semi — the guys involved will relish that and want more of that.
“The feeling of euphoria we felt at that ground and yesterday. To experience all that again is very exciting. Ashes cricket always has a different edge to it and that in itself will get everyone going.”
Earlier in the 2019 CWC, England met with Australia at Lord’s (London) during the round-robin stage. The defending champions Australia dominated in that game as they won by 64 runs.
English Test captain is hopeful to win the upcoming home Ashes series
While England just won their maiden Cricket World Cup trophy, Root feels that the Ashes series victory will make it a perfect journey for them.
Root said, “It would be the pinnacle. It’s what we set out to do at the start of the year … two to three years, actually.
“And we’re halfway there. A lot of hard work to go but hopefully we can do that.”
England are likely to announce the Test squad for the only home Test against Ireland on Wednesday (17th July). England’s final match hero Ben Stokes is expected to take rest from that Test match along with Chris Woakes. Meanwhile, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer are in the injury list.
Archer is battling with side injury as he played the late CWC matches using pain-killers. In the meantime, Wood got a side injury during the 2019 CWC final.
The senior pacer James Anderson is also on the injury list, and he is likely to miss the Ireland Test. Anderson is battling with the calf injury.