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England s year a success despite missing out on Ashes, says Root

Captain Joe Root said England s year could still be judged a success even if they fail to level the Ashes series against Australia by winning the final Test at the Oval. The home side go into Thursday s fifth and final match 2-1 down, meaning they cannot place the urn in their trophy cabinet alongside the one-day World Cup, which they won for the first time in July. But the skipper said his players were still focused on denying Australia their first series win in England since 2001 in the game starting on Thursday. It s bitterly disappointing to not have got the Ashes back, but we haven t lost anything yet, he said. We ve got to make sure that we square the series up and there s Test Championship points to play for as well which down the line could make a huge difference. Root was adamant that despite the disappointment of failing to win the series, England could still be proud of their achievements over the summer. To win the first 50-over World Cup is a huge achievement for ...

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