Joe Root backs England to win the Ashes after drawn second Test

Joe Root has backed England to win the Ashes (Picture: Getty)

Joe Root has backed his England team to win back the Ashes after their spirited performance in the drawn second Test at Lord’s.

England were forced to settle for a draw at the Home of Cricket but Australia were given a scare after Ben Stokes made a century and Jofra Archer produced another impressive spell.

Having to bat out 48 overs to save the game, Australia lost three wickets in five overs to collapse to 149-6, after substitute batsman Marnus Labuschagne made 59.

England ran out of time, however, meaning they travel to Headingley on Thursday trailing 1-0 in the five-match series.

England were unable to force victory at Lord’s (Picture: Getty)

After Australia’s 4-0 triumph Down Under in 2017-18, England will need to win two of the final three Tests to win back the Ashes.

Asked whether he believed that was possible, England Test captain replied: ‘Yes. It was important we bounced back strong and we have done that. We have proved we are massively in this series.

‘We had to get to a score that we felt we were in control [this morning]. We managed to do that. Ben played exceptionally well and then we threw everything we could at them. Fair play to Australia.

‘Ben, as the summer has progressed, his form keeps getting better and better. That’s a really good sign going into the rest of the series.

Ben Stokes’ century allowed England to push for the win (Picture: Getty)

‘Out on field Jofra has clearly made a big impact. The dynamic he adds to the bowling attack is fantastic. What a couple of brilliant spells we have seen from him already. It is an exciting prospect going into the rest of the series.’

Archer finished with match figures of 5-91 on Test debut and Stokes, who was named Player of the Match after making 115 not out, said: ‘I am not sure there will be a better debut in terms of announcing yourself in the team.

‘The spell was incredible to watch, we were laughing he was going to be top of the rankings after one Test. We are very lucky he is in our team. He gives you an extra dimension.’

Australia’s Steve Smith was ruled out of the Test after being hit by Jofra Archer (Picture: Getty)

Archer caused Steve Smith to suffer concussion after striking the former Australia captain with a brutal bouncer on day four of the match.

Asked about Smith’s condition after the Test, Australia skipper Tim Paine said: ‘He’s okay. It was a really nasty knock. He felt OK yesterday and then woke up not feeling his best today.

‘I’m no doctor but we’ve got professionals behind the scenes who make those decisions. Steve passed all his tests and then they weren’t as good this morning.

‘I’m not sure about Headingley. He’ll need to improve, there’s no doubt about that. Hopefully for our sake he does.’


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