Joe’s on the right Root to make Ashes history

England's Joe Root celebrates defeating Australia in the second Test on day four of the Second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 21, 2013. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. No Book use. No transmission of moving images. Official sponsor logos only. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

England's Joe Root celebrates defeating Australia in the second Test on day four of the Second Investec Ashes Test at Lord's Cricket Ground, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday July 21, 2013. See PA Story CRICKET England. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Editorial use only. No commercial use. No Book use. No transmission of moving images. Official sponsor logos only. Call 44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.

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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.”