England opener Joe Root says he is eager to get his hands on the urn this week, but is desperate to end the series on a high by being the first ever England team to beat Australia 4-0.
Victories at Trent Bridge, Lord’s and Chester-le-Street along with a draw at Old Trafford mean the hosts have an unassailable 3-0 going in to the final Test at the Kia Oval which gets under way at 11am tomorrow.
It has been a breakthrough summer for the 22-year-old Yorkshireman after being promoted to open alongside captain Alastair Cook which was highlighted by scoring 180 at Lord’s.
That cemented his place at the top of the order and further enhanced his reputation as a star of years to come for the three lions and he says he can’t wait to lift the Ashes.
“I am really looking forward to it but we have a lot of hard work to do before of all that and it will make it even more special if we can get a win which is what we really want and we’ll be pushing hard to make sure we do that,” Root exclusively told GiveMeSport.
The right-hander made his debut in the England whites at Nagpur just before Christmas 2012 as he played his part in the series win in India. He then scored his first century at Headingley against New Zealand earlier this year before moving up the order to open.
Despite going into the series as heavy favourites, Root has told GiveMeSport he is over the moon at the England performances.
“If you’d have told me we’d be 3-0 up going into the last Test at the start of it I’d have snapped your hand off. We’ve played some brilliant cricket throughout the series and the whole summer, it would top it off nicely if we could get a win this week.
“It’s been great, we’ve played some really good cricket and to win here would top off a really good summer for England and obviously myself as well.
“Everyone has chipped in, it’s been a proper team effort, even from the blokes that haven’t played every game have played a part and I’m sure the blokes that haven’t even played yet have helped. Whether its information they might give or helping out around the dressing room, we’ve been really good as a team and a squad which stands us in good stead for Wednesday.”
The Sheffield born batsman has appeared calm and collected throughout the high pressured series which is a style he aims to use throughout his career.
“You grow up wanting to play Australia and beat them and the fact we’ve done that is very exciting and that’s why you play the game, hopefully we can do it properly and win 4-0 and we’ll be doing everything we can to give them nothing and we get everything from this game.
“I know it’s the Ashes and everything that goes with it but it’s still a game of cricket, the basics still apply. All you can do is play the situation and try and get the best out of it and that’s the way I’ve tried to approach it and will continue to as well.”