The Ashes: Joe Root confident of scoring hundred ahead of Boxing Day Test as England bid to mount comeback | Cricket News

“I am confident that in these next three games I can beat a hundred in these conditions,” says England captain Joe Root as he targets an Ashes rematch from the tourists, starting in Melbourne.

Last updated: 23/12/21 19:10


Joe Root discusses with England batting manager Graham Thorpe

Joe Root backed himself up for “kicking out a hundred” ahead of the Boxing Day test while promising England fans a response from his side with the Ashes on the line.

Tourists must beat Australia in Melbourne to maintain hope of regaining the urn after a nine-wicket defeat in the first test in Brisbane, followed by a 275-point defeat in the day-night test in Adelaide.

Captain Root conducted a debriefing in the locker room after the Tourists were defeated 2-0 on Monday, which manager Chris Silverwood said led to “honest chatter” among players about their failures in the series.

“I expect a response from our players and would like to take home a nice Christmas present for all who stand,” he said.

“I feel really comfortable with my serve. I am confident that in these next three games, I can beat a hundred in these conditions.

“I know that’s a bold thing to say, but my conversion rate this year wasn’t a problem at all.

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England Test captain Joe Root says he is “really upset” by his dismissal in the first innings of England’s second Ashes Test defeat to Australia.

England Test captain Joe Root says he is “really upset” by his dismissal in the first innings of England’s second Ashes Test defeat to Australia.

“I feel like I did it so well and I figured out how I want to score my points. There is clarity there, I just need to keep putting myself in those positions, just have the bite in my teeth, (do it) ‘on my dead body’.”

Root, 30, enjoyed a record 2021, with his tally of 1,630 tests placing him fourth on the all-time list in a calendar year.

However, scores of 89 and 62 in the first two tests mean he now has eight unconverted 50-year-olds on Australian soil, with Marnus Labuschagne replacing him on Wednesday as the world’s # 1 hitter.

“I’ve never been one for those things, but it would be nice to have them back for Christmas,” he said with a smile.

Rory Burns is expected to be eliminated for Zak Crawley’s return to the head of the innings at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, with Ollie Pope’s spot threatened by Jonny Bairstow and Mark Wood set to replace Chris Woakes.

Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England's defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

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Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

Rob Key says he will be leaving Rory Burns and Ollie Pope for the third Ashes Test, following England’s defeat in Adelaide which left them 2-0 in the series.

England could make four changes if they return to spinner Jack Leach, but will evaluate the field in the next 48 hours before making a decision.

Asked if it was easy for him to berate his players, Root said: “He did it at the end of the last game because of the situation we are in and the way we lost.

“I will always try to look at things with a pragmatic and pragmatic approach, but I don’t think you could do it after the way we have played these last two games. I expect a response from everyone this week. I just hope it is not too late.

“There is a lot of motivation for the group and we are doing everything we can to make sure it is 2-1 when we get out of here. If we perform everywhere as we can, we will put them in an awkward position, pull back and find ourselves in one. very different situation leaving this ground “.

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