Root aware that Ashes will define his captaincy

Australia's new captain Patrick Cummins (left) and England's captain Joe Root (right) pose with the Ashes trophy at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.
Australia's new captain Patrick Cummins (left) and England's captain Joe Root (right) pose with the Ashes trophy at the Gabba in Brisbane on Sunday.

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England captain Joe Root has said that he’s well aware of how the upcoming Ashes series in Australia will go on to define his captaincy.
Root was also the captain when England lost 4-0 down under in 2017-18, but feels England have the right mix of experience and youth in the squad to push Australia hard in their backyard.
“Of course it will define my captaincy, I’m not naive enough to think it won’t,” Root said ahead of the opening Test match in Brisbane, scheduled from Wednesday. “If you look how hard it’s been for English captains and English teams [to win in Australia] over the years, it has been something which doesn’t happen very often.
“But what a great opportunity. I’m very excited about it and can’t wait for the series to get going. You look at some of the players, some of the individuals, some of the performances guys have put in. The senior guys have done it time and time again and the junior guys have shown glimpses of what they can do and their potential.
“What better stage to really grab a series and make an announcement on the international stage. I’m an Ashes player and I want to live in the history of this great rivalry. That carrot is there for everyone.”
Root said India’s recent series win in Australia, and especially their win at the Gabba, gives them hope. Australia’s loss to India in Brisbane was their first at the venue since 1988.
“A lot of teams have struggled in the past to get results here. So of course we’ll take confidence from that,” Root said of India’s 2-1 win. “Credit to India – they played exceptionally well throughout that whole series. In many ways, they set a good example for any touring team to come here and play.
“We’ll try and lean on a few learnings throughout that series – but we’ve also got to play to our own strengths and make sure that we’re doing things our way. Grabbing those big moments within the series, I think, is going to be key for us. Trying to get on the right side of those big swings.”