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Joe Root says England must “stand up and prove we are a better team” compared to the performance shown before the fourth Ashes Test

Joe Root says England must “stand up and prove we are a better team” compared to the performance shown before the fourth Ashes Test

With the Ashes gone, Sky Sports expert and former England captain Nasser Hussain looks to the fourth test in Sydney and discusses the importance of Joe Root’s team by focusing on the here and now …

The goal is to win, it should always be the goal to win every game in front of you. Joe Root spoke when the Ashes missed a red ball reset, and I think he’s right to talk about it, but there must also be a reset in team thinking and mentality.

Rightfully so, due to Covid and with England playing so much cricket, spending so much time in the bubbles and traveling, Chris Silverwood had to look after and rotate his players. This is good for his players and he took care of them, but last year resulted in nine test losses.

It was all too rigid and pre-planned. There is a need for a change of mentality and to show up at every single Test match from now on, look at what you have in front of you and try to win that Test match as if it were the final of the World Test Championship.

Head to Sydney, let the future take care of itself, look out on the pitch and try to pick the best team available to win that match.

Sky Sports' Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

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Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

Sky Sports’ Nasser Hussain says some of the decisions made by England manager Chris Silverwood and Root during the Ashes tour were shocking

A lot has been said in the last week, rightly so because there is a lot of anger and disappointment, with everyone looking at the flaws of English cricket.

But English cricket has a lot to offer. We are at the top of the T20 rankings, second in ODI cricket and fourth in the world in redball cricket. It is unfair to say that everything in our game is hopeless. What you need to look at is our serve and our spin bowling, it’s that simple.

So, you need a reset but also a perspective.

People like Ashley Giles and anyone who needs to see how we can improve our batting in red ball cricket across the board, but in this test match at the SCG, people have to find a way to get a score and it’s going to be very tough.

The opponents bowling attack is very good, they haven’t had much time in between, they are playing with players who came cold like Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow in the last game.

England batsman Zak Crawley says team will play for pride in fourth Ashes Test, having already lost series

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England batsman Zak Crawley says team will play for pride in fourth Ashes Test, having already lost series

England batsman Zak Crawley says team will play for pride in fourth Ashes Test, having already lost series

What do they do now? Do they bring back Rory Burns and Ollie Pope? It’s all confusing, but they have to find a way. Sometimes as a professional cricketer, as a hitter, you are terribly out of your mind, you don’t know which club end to hold and you just have to find a way to get a score.

I wouldn’t worry about our stitchers – Broad, Anderson, Woakes, Robinson, Wood, Archer when he comes back – but in the batting department, there are a couple of games ahead. You just need to get a score and people will be watching the likes of Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Pope se plays, Bairstow, Jos Buttler very closely.

Sydney can run too and we have been poor in managing our spinners. Spinners also need to take responsibility. I know it rains in Sydney, but it could be a great match for Jack Leach if he plays.

It was clearly a very difficult tour, but now you just have to see it as a new year. You will not win the ashes; you’ll just have to try to start over and start that recovery path.

Rob Key says England's third test loss to Australia in Melbourne was

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Rob Key says England’s third test loss to Australia in Melbourne was “one of Ashes’ worst defeats ever”

Rob Key says England’s third test loss to Australia in Melbourne was “one of Ashes’ worst defeats ever”

England will be more than competitive in the summer, you know. I know they are 2-1 down against India at the moment, but in general they have been a very difficult team to beat at home in recent years.

Apart from India, all the countries have fought far away, but England needs to change their fortunes away from home and you have to start somewhere. Start now, you can put the last year behind you and try to get some positives out of your performance.

There has been a lot of coaching, a lot of structure, but for England players, it’s a test match against Australia, and – for your future – you have to go out and run to make sure you’re on the side for Hobart and on the flight to the West Indies series in March.

Who knows if there will be a change of regime? Silverwood is currently sitting in solitary confinement with Covid in Melbourne with everyone discussing his work and saying he will likely take the ax.

They made mistakes, especially with some of the selections, and they went too long with some of their thoughts. Mistakes have been made and it’s hard enough to win in Australia if you get everything right.

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But those mistakes were made in trying to take care of his players, so you can’t be overly critical of a manager who tried to do the right thing with his players.

You would hope his players try to make a performance for him a little bit! Who knows what will happen in the future and whether Silverwood will be manager in the summer or not? But the players have to take their own responsibilities.

Sydney is a great place to play, it’s a better place than anywhere. We won out there in 2003, it’s a great place to play cricket. Let’s see some struggle now and see some pride being shown because there is still a lot to play, no doubt.

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