Joe Root looking forward as England secure the Ashes, despite defeat to Australia

Joe Root, centre, celebrates with Yorkshire colleagues Jonny Bairstow, left, and Adam Lyth, right

Joe Root, centre, celebrates with Yorkshire colleagues Jonny Bairstow, left, and Adam Lyth, right

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A two-time Ashes winner, the No.1 batsman in the world and the latest recipient of the prestigious Compton-Miller Medal.

Sheffield’s Joe Root is certainly riding the crest of a wave at the minute - and he is determined to make the most of it.
The 24-year-old Sheffield Collegiate product won the Ashes for the second time earlier this afternoon, as England celebrated a 3-2 series win at the Oval despite a heavy innings defeat to the Australians.
And the vice-captain may well be rested for the upcoming ODI series between the two sides, as England’s hierarchy look to avoid burning him out - especially with a troublesome back injury flaring up at times this series.
But Root, in an understandably positive mood, was only looking forward.
“The celebrations will be memorable, I’m sure,” he grinned, when asked about his favourite memory of the series.
“But, to be honest, it’s all been great; it’s hard to pick out a defining part. I just love spending time with this group of guys, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve going forward.
“Individually, I’ll have to score more runs than I did in this Test match going forward!
“Being No.1 in the world does carry extra responsibility, but there’s enough of that anyway playing international cricket for England.
“So there’s nothing new in that regard. I’ve still got to score runs; I’ve got to keep doing what I’ve been doing in the last year or so, keep trying to improve and keep striving to become the best player I possibly can.”
Root, with two hundreds and two half-centuries in the five games, was picked out as both England’s player of the series and the recipient of the Compton-Miller Medal, awarded to the stand-out player from both sides.
“I guess this was a game too far for us,” Root conceded after Australia completed a dominant victory, sending off retiring captain Michael Clarke and opener Chris Rogers on a winning note.
“Credit to Australia - they outplayed us in all departments and we’ve got to take that on the chin. But we’ve won the Ashes, and we can celebrate that now.”
England celebrated victory at Trent Bridge - which gave them an unassailable 3-1 series lead - with a 10-hour changing-room drinking session, but Root insisted: “The guys prepared very well for this Test.
“We had a poor couple of hours on Friday which hurt us, and Australia didn’t let us back in the game.
“They’re a good, ruthless team and we’ve got to credit them for that but looking forward, that’s something we’ll have to learn from and improve quickly.
“But it’s important to give credit to the whole squad; it’s been a real team performance and everypne’s contributed, so it’s a pleasure to be a part of an absolutely fantastic side.”
Ian Bell, meanwhile, has sparked speculation he may retire after winning the fifth Ashes series of his career: “I need to take stock,” he said.
“I’m pretty tired and looking forward to a break,” he added, on BBC’s Test Match Special.
“Ashes series take everything out of you. They are physically and mentally draining.”
England next face Australia in a T20 international on August 31, before a five-match ODI Series - including a game at Headingley on Friday, September 11.