Now Roar Us on to Victory Manchester, Says England Skipper Root

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Now Roar Us on to Victory Manchester, Says England Skipper Root


JOE Root says England can ride their wave of momentum into next week's fourth Ashes Test at Emirates Old Trafford - and he has urged the Manchester crowd to cheer them on to victory.

The skipper believes Ben Stokes's Headingley heroics - which saw them chase down 359 - can reshape the rest of the series against Australia.

Stokes's astonishing 135 not out earned its place as one of the greatest innings in Test history, sitting proudly amongst the grandest displays in the 142 years of Ashes cricket, and Root thinks it will drive England's bid to reclaim the urn.

The sides resume battle at Old Trafford on September 4 - the first four days of which have already been sold out - before the final match at the Oval.

"It took a heroic effort from Ben to get us across the line and that gives us a huge amount of belief and confidence," said Root. "It feels like momentum can be quite a big thing in series like this one, five-match series, so hopefully we can ride that into Old Trafford.

"To find ourselves in the positions we did and come out winning the game, not just being nine down with 73 to go but also being 67 all out in the first innings, that will hold a lot of weight to carry into the next two games. …

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