ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Joe Root says England's triumph in showpiece tournament will be a confidence-booster for players ahead of Ashes

Shifting focus to the five-match Ashes series, which begins on 1 August, Root said England were full of confidence as they bid to reclaim the urn having already achieved one of their targets.

Reuters, Jul 16, 2019 12:08:24 IST

England’s Cricket World Cup triumph can be the perfect launch pad to complete a memorable double by winning the Ashes series against Australia this year, Test skipper Joe Root has said.

Hosts England ended a 44-year wait to win the World Cup as they beat New Zealand side on boundary count after a tied Super Over in a dramatic final on Sunday.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Joe Root says Englands triumph in showpiece tournament will be a confidence-booster for players ahead of Ashes

Root said England were full of confidence as they bid to reclaim the urn. Reuters

Shifting focus to the five-match Ashes series, which begins on 1 August, the 28-year-old said England were full of confidence as they bid to reclaim the urn having already achieved one of their targets.

“It’s what we set out to do two or three years ago and we’re halfway there,” Root told reporters.

“This will give the guys confidence and we’ve talked about taking that forward into a series like that.”

England beat Australia in the World Cup semi-finals at Edgbaston, the venue for the first Ashes Test, and Root said they were looking forward to getting back there.

“The way we played against Australia in that semi-final... the guys who were involved relished it and will want a bit more: the feeling of euphoria we felt at that ground,” Root added.

“To potentially be able to experience all that again is very exciting. Ashes cricket always has a different edge to it so that in itself will get everyone going.

“The atmosphere, the way it builds up and the way the guys get excited about it, it’s like no other series in Test cricket.”

However, England must ensure their ODI success does not affect preparations, all-rounder Ben Stokes said.

“Everyone here deserves to feel like a champion because we’ve just won it, but when it comes to the Ashes it’s going to be heads on again because it has to be,” Stokes said.

“Whether you’re winning or losing, you’ve just got to wipe the slate clean.”

England warm up for the series with their first ever Test against Ireland, a four-day contest, starting on 24 July.

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Updated Date: Jul 16, 2019 12:08:24 IST






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1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
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2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
6 Pakistan 4756 97
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1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
6 New Zealand 4056 254