Sport Joe Root 'battle hardened' by England's miserable Ashes defeat

09:05  14 january  2018
09:05  14 january  2018 Source:   Press Association

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Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

England v South Africa - First Investec Test Match - Day Four - Lord's © PA WIRE England v South Africa - First Investec Test Match - Day Four - Lord's

Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him "battle hardened" and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up.

Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a 4-0 defeat as the tourists found themselves comprehensively outflanked.

The 27-year-old has now played nine Tests Down Under across two series, losing eight and failing to experience a single success.

That has left him bruised but defiant and with a clear eye towards 2021, when he wants to settle some scores and lift the urn behind enemy lines.

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Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

The Yorkshireman is vowing to bounce back after the 4-0 series defeat .

Anderson hails ill Root's valiant efforts (Provider: Perform)

And if achieving that goal means a new, harder Root needs to emerge then the process has already begun.

"I think from this trip I have been battle hardened and I'm a bit stronger within myself. Hopefully that'll show in the coming months," he said.

"You always learn from experiences when it's difficult. You have to make sure that they make you a stronger character and go the other way.

"I've got a period of time going into the New Zealand series (in March) where I want to get myself clear on how I want to move forward and make sure when we start that tour there is a clear indication of what direction we're going to be going in.

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"And if the lads aren't prepared to get on board with that then we've got to go with something different.

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Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

"That sounds quite brutal but more than anything over the next year or so I'll have a really good indication of how I want us to play as a team.

"I definitely want to be back here in four years as captain and making sure I'm sat here talking about a completely different story.

"There are a lot of things that will have to change."

Root's words may sound unrelenting, but the Yorkshireman also praised the unity of the side under considerable pressure over the past two months and was part of the selection panel which handed out reprieves to most of the squad for the forthcoming New Zealand series.

The likes of James Vince and Mark Stoneman would have feared for their places after disappointing contributions but Root wants them to emerge stronger, just as he did after losing his place at the end of the 2013/14 campaign.

"You deserve an opportunity coming out of a very difficult series in these conditions and to have another crack at it," he said.

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Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

Joe Root claims captaining England to Ashes defeat has left him “ battle hardened ” and ready to wield the axe if his side fail to measure up. Root arrived in Australia with high hopes of leading his country to a memorable victory but instead oversaw a

"I remember what it was like for me four years ago and it was the making of me as a player. Hopefully it can be the same for other guys."

With Root's long-term goals already falling into place, there is no let up on his short-term schedule either after he shunned the chance to rest from either the 50-over or Twenty20 legs in Australia.

He is also putting his name into the Indian Premier League auction for the first time, taking his hectic winter into a busy spring with almost no down time.

Head coach Trevor Bayliss last week expressed concern over his workload, with a hint that limited-overs cricket should take a back seat if necessary, but Root is desperate to keep developing his game by experiencing the IPL.

"As someone involved in the Test side I don't want to be missing white ball cricket and falling behind, trying to catch up," he explained.

"I want to make sure I'm keeping my place and setting the standards in this team, leading the way. I've always said I put playing for England first and if it means resting from things like the IPL, which I've done in the past, I'll happily do that.

"But one thing I've been very aware of for the past two years is a lack of T20 cricket. I think the IPL is a great opportunity. I can't see how that could hamper my game or be detrimental to my England career." 

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Root withdraws from T20 series .
Joe Root has withdrawn from England’s Twenty20 series against Australia and New Zealand in order to rest. Root, who captained his side to a 4-0 Ashes defeat before helping England to a hat-trick of one-day wins, had intended to play in all formats this winter but will now head home for a fortnight.The 27-year-old will miss the triangular T20 series that begins on February 7 but will return for the one-day series in New Zealand."It was a discussion that has taken a long time," Root said."I had every intention of playing that series but Trevor is mindful of it being a very long summer.

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