England opener Zak Crawley hammered a superb 189 off 182 balls, while Joe Root smashed 84 off 95 as the hosts gained control of the fourth Ashes 2023 Test against Australia at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, July 20. Replying to Australia’s first innings total of 317, England went to stumps on Day 2 in a commanding position at 384/4.
Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow added an unbroken 150 runs for the fourth wicket at Edgbaston as England seized control of proceedings on day four in what seemed like a challenging chase of 378. Root returned unbeaten on 76 off 112 balls while Bairstow scored 72 not out in only 87 balls as the hosts transferred the pressure onto the visitors by stumps on Day 4. England now need only 119 runs to complete yet another chase in a home Test. They beat New Zealand 3-0 by chasing down significant targets in all three matches of the series.
Former England Test skipper Joe Root has stated that captaincy had begun to have an “unhealthy effect” on his daily life, which is why he took the decision to quit. The 31-year-old stepped down as England captain in April and passed on the baton to experienced all-rounder Ben Stokes.
England Test skipper Joe Root on Sunday asserted that he believes he is the right man to take England forward in the longer format of the game. The under-fire cricketer made the comments after the visitors went down to Australia by 146 runs in the final Ashes Test in Hobart, thus losing the Ashes series 4-0. Set to chase 271 for victory, England crumbled from 68 for no loss to 124 in yet another pathetic batting display.
England captain Joe Root praised the team for showing some fight after the visitors hung on for a draw in the fourth Ashes Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) on Sunday. England were set an improbable target of 388 to clinch the SCG Test. However, a draw was the only option for them to save some face. They hung on by the narrowest of margins, with just one wicket in hand, to ensure that they would not be whitewashed.
Australia’s stand-in captain Steve Smith had some words of advice for England captain Joe Root following the 2nd Ashes Test in Adelaide on Monday. England showed some fight on Day 5 but eventually went down by 275 runs in the pink-ball Test as the hosts took a 2-0 lead in the five-match series. Resuming at 82 for 4, England were bowled out for 192 as Jhye Richardson claimed five wickets.
England captain Joe Root on Tuesday credited his bowlers for not allowing Indian captain Virat Kohli to score a lot of runs in the first three Tests of the five-match series. However, he exercised caution and added that England must keep Kohli quiet for the next two Tests as well to win the Test series.
England head coach Chris Silverwood has stated that England captain Joe Root learnt from his mistakes in the Lord's Test and made the adjustments at Headingley. England dominated the Lord’s Test but some baffling tactics on the last day saw them lose focus and concede the Test by 151 runs. The hosts, however, hit back hard at Headingley and trampled India by an innings and 76 runs to level the five-match series 1-1.