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Joe Root sets sights on Ashes success in Australia

Joe Root said he is determined to win the Ashes in Australia after leading England to a series-levelling triumph at The Oval on Sunday.

England ended their World Cup-winning home season on a high with a 135-run victory over Australia to ensure the first drawn Ashes series since 1972.

Despite Australia retaining the prized urn, Root focused on the positives and labelled the summer "a huge success for English cricket."

"Throughout the whole series we've shown a lot of character," said Root, who called the 2-2 result a fair reflection of the contest between the two teams.

"At times we've been out-skilled... but we've always fought very hard and that's a very pleasing thing," he said.

"Hopefully that will be a massive stepping stone and starting point for us to really kick on as a team now."

'I will do everything I can to take the team forward'

Root discarded all doubts over the future of his captaincy and reiterated his resolve to lead England to victory in the 2021-22 Ashes in Australia.

"I'm desperate to take this team forward."

The 28-year-old said England now had plenty of time to prepare and work on their shortcomings.

"I'm in a very privileged position to be captain of the Test team and I'll do everything I can to get us very well prepared for going down there and hopefully doing something very special."

He cited the side's performance in the fifth Test as the "blueprint" of how he wanted his team to play.

"You look at this week in particular. It looks as like we just started to really get to grips with Test cricket after a very long period of one-day cricket."

"We've got a period now and an opportunity in the next two-and-a-half years to really push and do everything we can to prepare extremely well for that tour of Australia so that's going to be a huge focus for me and I like to hope for English cricket."

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