Joe Root will fulfil a boyhood dream when he lifts the Ashes this week - but he wants to finish off the job in style and beat the Australians 4-0.
That margin of victory in an Ashes series has never been achieved before, so Alastair Cook’s men are using the chance to make history as their motivation, with a third successive series win already in the bag.
Root kept his place at the top of the order for the fifth Test match, at the Oval, which began yesterday, and said: “I am really looking forward to lifting the Ashes.
“But we have a lot of hard work ahead of us before all that, and it will make it even more special if we can get another win. That is what we really want, and we’ll be pushing hard to make sure we do that.”
Root’s level-headed and calm approach at the crease has won him many admirers, especially during his innings of 180 at Lord’s. He has, however, failed to pass 50 since, but insists he will not change his approach now.
“I know it’s the Ashes and everything that goes with it but it’s still a game of cricket,” the 22-year-old said.
“The basics still apply.
“All you can do is play the situation and try and get the best out of it.
“That’s the way I’ve tried to approach it, and I will continue doing so.”