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Ashes: Joe Root wants to lead England into a new era as he declares himself ready to remain as Test captain
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oe Root has declared his desire to remain captain of England after another dismal loss to the Ashes, but believes major structural change is needed in the domestic game as players reaching Test level ‘do so despite county cricket , not because of that”.

Root said there was “no excuse” for performances like the one that saw England lose all 10 wickets for 56 runs to spare in three days at the final Test in Hobart.

Root accepts that the decision to become captain could be taken away from him after their second 4-0 defeat in Australia, and also hopes Chris Silverwood stays on as head coach (which seems less likely). That said, he accepts that the pair need to be “tougher” on the players.

He also confirmed that he will not be participating in the IPL auction next month as he is putting “all his energy” into reviving the test team.

He said, “I will continue to sacrifice as much as I can because I care so much about Test cricket in our country.”

Root echoed ECB cricket chief executive Ashley Giles’ belief that the structure of the domestic game must revert to red-ball cricket if the Test team is to thrive.

” How much time do you have ? said Root, when asked what needed to change at the first class level.

“What I would say is what incentives in county cricket at the moment are there to open the batting, just up the order? What incentives are there to be a spinner? And what are the incentives to play fast?

“There doesn’t seem to be a lot of it, the way it’s set up, the way the games seem to be going, whether you’re looking at the first set average scores of 250 or whatever it is, the length of the games short.

“I’m not going to make excuses for a performance like that because it’s not good enough for Test Cricket. It doesn’t matter how inexperienced you are, against what opposition you play. Even on this surface, which offered designers, we are a better team than that and we have to be better aware of ourselves.

“But what I will say is whoever comes into this Test team at the minute does so in spite of County cricket, not because of County cricket.


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