Daily Mail UK – PERTH, Australia (AP) – 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.

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  • PERTH, Australia (AP) – 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.
  • “I knew it would be challenging, and I knew there would be stuff around the cricket, but not to this extent,” Root said of the off-field issues that have followed his squad around Australia.
  • Australia can clinch the series with a win at the WACA ground in a match that will also mark England opener Alastair Cook’s 150th test.
  • 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 his urging his teammates to lift “for one of the biggest games of our lives.
  • Cook, who was England captain in 59 tests until December last year has been below form so far on the Ashes tour.


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