Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Ashes 2017/18: Joe Root likely to be fit for first ODI

Ashes 2017/18: Joe Root likely to be fit for first ODI

The 55-year-old, who was appointed in 2015, has just seen his side beaten 4-0 in Australia, but told England director of cricket Andrew Strauss of his plans a year ago.

"James Vince and Mark Stoneman have shown what they're capable of but would be a little disappointed they weren't able to capitalise on some of their good play".

"I'm contracted to September 2019 and that will see me out", the Australian said. Under him the English team won 15 Tests and lost 18.

'We've had some good performances at home in Test cricket, but that has been on the back of our big five or six players. A strong England outfit gives them the chance to test bench strength in the bowling department, including Jhye Richardson and Andrew Tye.

His decision will trigger speculation about a successor as England's management open their review of the failed Ashes series.

Opening batsman Stoneman endured a mixed Ashes series after a positive start to the tour where he scored three fifties and a century during England's warm up matches before scoring an impressive half century in the first Ashes Test. Series victories over South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan followed, while England also reached the final of the 2016 T20 World Cup in India under his leadership.

He added: "A new voice and a different approach reinvigorates things".

The England coach wanted Root, who ended up in hospital on the last day of the latest Ashes, suffering from gastroenteritis and exhaustion, to miss the T20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand next month to have a much-needed rest.

The Test captain is not expected to play in England's warm-up match against a youthful Cricket Australia XI on Thursday, but team officials say he's now recovering well enough to take his place for Sunday's game. Small-time misbehaviour perhaps that would have passed unnoticed in another era, but all England wannabes should remember that when influential people start discussing shots it is advisable that they are discussing the quality of your strokeplay.

"Being hit on the head didn't outwardly affect Mark's confidence in his practice".

He lost Dawid Malan lbw to a Lyon arm ball in the last hour, but Jonny Bairstow was skillful enough to help his fellow Yorkshireman at least close out the day. "I think I'm the right man to lead the team forward".

Vince's summer typified the struggles of England's batsmen: he reached double figures in all but two of his nine innings, but only twice passed 50 and never made triple figures. Personally, I love Test cricket more than white ball cricket, I'm more of a traditionalist.

'We've known for a while that we haven't got a world-class spinner and we have to work through that process. "You've got to be Superman to get through it. Separation of the two teams is happening because guys find it hard to put up with it".

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