Joe Root discusses his optimism for the Ashes in 2023. Australia is the defending Ashes champion, having won the previous series 4-0.
England is expect to host the Ashes from June 16 to July 31, 2023. The five-match series to be held at five distinct English venues: Edgbaston, Lord’s, Headingley, Old Trafford, and The Oval. The team led by Pat Cummins is the defending Ashes winner, having won the previous series 4-0.
Ahead of the five-match series against Australia, England’s top-order batter Joe Root stated that he is ready to play and will strive to assist skipper Ben Stokes and the other teammates. The 32-year-old also stated that he will take on a different senior role in the upcoming season.
“It’ll be nice to just go play the game and try to help Ben and the other guys around me where I can. ” “I’ll take on a slightly different senior role in the team,” Root stated, according to ESPNCricinfo.
He went on to say that big series are the ones where you want to stand out and shine
“These huge games and series are always a lot of joy to be a part of. They’re the ones you want to step up and play well, and this is just another chance to do so,” he continued.
The last time England won the Ashes (2015), Root received the Compton-Miller Medal as the Player of the Series. The 32-year-old made 460 runs at an average of 57.50 to help England win the urn, possibly his most prolific Ashes series to date. Notably, it is the last time the star hitter played Australia without being captain, and it is also the last time he hit one of his three Test hundreds against the Kangaroos.
The Ben Stokes-led side defeated Ireland by ten wickets in the one-off Test at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Root was instrumental for England, scoring 56 off 59 deliveries at a strike rate of 94.92 in the first innings. Australia, on the other side, will face Rohit Sharma’s India in the 2023 ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final at The Oval in London on June 7.