Stuff – Joe Root’s first Ashes tour as England cricket captain has been more eventful than he expected, just not in the way he had hoped.
- Joe Root’s first Ashes tour as England cricket captain has been more eventful than he expected, just not in the way he had hoped.
- Australia can clinch the series with a win at the WACA in a match that will also mark England opener Alastair Cook’s 150th test, and the last as the stadium’s premier cricket venue in Perth.
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- Root, who took over the captaincy in July and led England in seven tests against South Africa and the West Indies at home, is desperate to avoid a repeat of the series sweep on the last tour to Australia in 2013-14 and is urging his teammates to lift “for one of the biggest games of our lives” in the third test.
- While most attention at the WACA will be on the pacemen, who usually get a boost out of the extra bounce in the pitch, Root wants the England batsmen to target Australian offspinner Nathan Lyon, who has taken 11 wickets so far in the series at an average of 22.