Sheffield starlet Joe Root has the chance to make Ashes history when the third test against the Australians gets underway at Old Trafford today.
England have won six of their last seven test matches at the home of Lancashire, and if they can secure another victory then it will give them an unassailable 3-0 series lead.
Root, of course, helped England seal a 2-0 lead with a majestic 180 at Lord’s.
The 22-year-old also showed his prowess with the ball, taking the key wickets of Australia captain Michael Clarke and Usman Khawaja at Lord’s - and his county skipper, Andrew Gale, believes he can become a genuine all-rounder given time.
“Joe is more than capable of doing a job for England, and can eventually become a frontline spinner,” Gale said.
““He is such an intelligent cricketer.”