LONDON – England captain Joe Root spoke of his pride in his team after they won the final test against Australia by 135 runs on Sunday to draw the Ashes series 2-2.
Australia won the fourth test in Manchester last week to move 2-1 ahead and retain the Ashes but the hosts battled back at The Oval to deny the touring side their first test series win in England since 2001.
“It is Ashes cricket,” Root said. “Every game you turn up and you are playing for your country. It means so much to everyone. You can see at different periods someone wrestled it back into our favour.”
England made 294 in their first innings after being put into bat and Jofra Archer took six wickets as Australia were bowled out for 225 to give the hosts control of the match.
“For the first time in this series we felt in front of the game all of the way through. We have to get used to it more and more,” Root said.