Dunya – Root believes England have the capacity to do something special by retaining the Ashes in Australia.
- LONDON (AFP) – Joe Root believes England have the capacity to do “something special” by retaining the Ashes in Australia, after they wrapped up a 2-1 Test series victory against West Indies at Lord s on Saturday.
- A nine-wicket win inside three days at the home of cricket meant England had won both of Root s first two series as captain following a preceding 3-1 home triumph over South Africa.
- Having become the first Englishman and only sixth bowler to reach the milestone of 500 Test wickets on Friday, Anderson went on to record innings figures of seven for 42 in a West Indies total of 177 all out.
- A series win in Australia would see star batsman Root join a select group of post-World War II England captains — Len Hutton, Ray Illingworth, Mike Brearley, Mike Gatting and Andrew Strauss — to have led a side to Ashes glory Down Under.
- The Headingley match featured twin hundreds from Shai Hope — his first centuries in Test cricket — and the 23-year-old underlined his promise with two more impressive innings in difficult conditions at Lord s.