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Fourth Ashes Test Kicks Off Wednesday In Sydney – Australia Leading 3-0 After Just 12 Days Of Action | Joe Root: “Sometimes when you look around in the locker room and see someone who has helped you, you can galvanize your team.”

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Former England hitter Mark Butcher considers possible Joe Root replacements should he resign as Test Captain

Former England hitter Mark Butcher considers possible Joe Root replacements should he resign as Test Captain

Joe Root believes the combination of Ashes’ defeat and Covid complications could unite his England team in adversity.

Any hope of reclaiming the urn was left behind in 2021 after heavy losses in Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, and the new year didn’t do much to lift the gloom ahead of Wednesday’s fourth test.

Instead, the behind-the-scenes team has been brought to breaking point in Sydney by the forced absences of coach Chris Silverwood, Jon Lewis, Jeetan Patel and Darren Veness, all of whom are isolating themselves with the virus.

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

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Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

Jonathan Trott says Joe Root has earned the right to decide his own future and urges England to stay with him and manager Chris Silverwood

Even when England sent for cavalry, in the form of former day captain Adam Hollioake, a 550-mile journey ended with confirmation that he had been identified as close contact and would not be able to work. with the team.

Additional support staff were enlisted to support training drills, including those of communications and medical teams, while players exchanged tips, advice and tips in an effort to maximize sessions.

As captain, Root has thrown himself into the extra work and hopes an even closer bond will emerge from their recent trials.

Joe Root's captaincy has been questioned

Joe Root’s captaincy has been questioned

“With the amount of coaches we’ve been missing, it’s made things bumpy and challenging, but it’s an opportunity to come together,” he said.

“You have to get up and fill in those gaps where they are. It doesn’t just come from me. Every single player has to fit in to give everyone the best chance to train in the best possible way.

“The training looked very different yesterday and today, but for us it is an opportunity to help each other, hug each other and endure a bit of adversity.

“Sometimes when you look around in the locker room and see someone who has helped you, you can galvanize as a team.

Joe Root galvanized England ahead of the fourth Ashes Test

Joe Root galvanized England ahead of the fourth Ashes Test

“This is what we need now: stick together, stick together. It would be easy to get cranky and point the finger at who could be better, but we’re in this together. As a team we haven’t played as well as we could. We have to stand up and take the risk here”.

In addition to the England staff, there are many other coronavirus concerns in the background.

Steve Bernard will step forward as match referee after David Boon was sent to solitary confinement, Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley also tested positive and Glenn McGrath has already lost the launch of the “squad” test, which sees money collected for its breast cancer charity the McGrath Foundation.

More worryingly, Sunday’s England training session was halted when it emerged that at least one local pitcher who took part in the nets had returned a positive test.

Will Root be able to lead England to victory in Sydney?

Will Root be able to lead England to victory in Sydney?

“No one has been put at risk or had close contact. It’s just one of those frustrating things that can happen in and around the environment we’re playing in,” said Root.

“We have to trust medical advice. There is an element of anxiety around Covid and also around games, but it is the world we live in, we have to manage it as best we can. It is disconnected and it is not an ideal set of circumstances, but we have to face the best we can get and make the most of it. “

Australia “surprised” by the use of Broad

Steve Smith revealed that England’s decision to make Stuart Broad a fringe part of their campaign for Ashes raised eyebrows in the Australian camp.

Stuart Broad was a peripheral figure

Stuart Broad was a peripheral figure

Broad was surprisingly overlooked for the series opening at The Gabba and again in the Melbourne Boxing Day test, getting his only chance so far on a flat deck in the second day / night test.

“We were surprised, there were probably two wickets that would have suited him [in the first and third Tests], “He said.

“He played well in Adelaide and it was always a good contest for me. He let me out a couple of times, I scored points for him. I think it was a decent fight.

“He and Jimmy (Anderson) together have been world-class artists for a long time. Maybe we’ll see them together this week.”

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