Australia aim to finish Ashes mission with series win

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 12, 2019

Despite Warner's poor form, Australia ended up retaining the urn with an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series. "He's been a part of some very special wins in Test match cricket, series home and away which he should be extremely proud of as a coach and the way he's transformed white-ball cricket and been a part of that journey is incredible", said Root.

But the skipper said his players were still focused on denying Australia their first series win in England since 2001 in the game starting on Thursday.

The former captain, top of the worldwide rankings, has carried his team's batting with three centuries and two fifties, including a double-century in the win in Manchester, with Marnus Labuschagne the only other batsman who has shown any consistency.

Australia has sensationally axed vice-captain Travis Head on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Australia retained the Ashes title after winning last week's fourth Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. "I'll keep trying to work on that and try to improve my game".

"You can't just give them that experience, they have to earn that and we're very thankful to have Steve batting", he said. That's the full focus of this group so we've got to make sure that we win this game.

But he said he knew the direction in which he wanted to take the team and was already looking forward to trying to win the Ashes in Australia in 2021/22.

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That in the bigger picture was hardly sufficient as Jess Jonassen broke through in the 47th over, before Megan Schutt swooped in in the last over to pick up an ODI hat-trick off the last three balls of the innings - dismissing Chinelle Henry, Karishma Ramharack and Afy Fletcher.

The Fifth Test gets underway this evening, WA time.

The other key factor for Australia has been the strength of their pace attack, with Josh Hazlewood and world number one Pat Cummins catching the eye with 42 wickets between them.

"I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team", he said. "You've still got to perform whether you're young or you're a veteran, but we also have to recognise they are young batsmen and it's a really tough school and hopefully they'll come through at some point".

England squad: Joe Root (captain), Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Joe Denly, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes.

Critics would say recalibrating sights is a standard distraction tactic when flak is flying and that keeping hold of the rudder could be hard this week with Tim Paine's side looking for a place in history as the first winners here since 2001.

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