Series victory in South Africa a template for Ashes-Root

<pre><pre>Series victory in South Africa a template for Ashes-Root

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The series win over South Africa had given England a template for the next Ashes series, said captain Joe Root after another emphatic test win on Monday.

Englishmen Ben Stokes and Joe Root capture the series' man and the Basil D & # 39; Oliveira trophies as they pose for a photo with their teammates after winning the test and series REUTERS / Siphiwe Sibeko

The experienced and promising English team prevailed on Monday in the fourth test against South Africa with 191 runs and secured a 3-1 win.

After Root failed to win the Ashes back last year when they ended 2-2 in the five test series at home, he said that the win in South Africa had brought a timely recovery.

"There is still a lot of test cricket to be played by then, but it gives us confidence and knowledge of how to deal with gates that may be somewhat similar," he said, referring to the series that came out in November Will start in 2021.

“We have to strive to keep getting better and to develop. We still believe that the sky is the limit for this team and we need to keep looking for improvements.

"We have obviously performed very well in the last three games, but we haven't been consistent enough in the past few years." We are very open to it and now have the opportunity to build on this tour. "

England is next in Sri Lanka in March and will host the West Indies and Pakistan later this year.

Root said the six home tests will give the team an opportunity to perform positively under completely different conditions.

"We will try not to look too far into the future, but we have a great template to get around it and it is nice to see it fall into place," he said.

The captain of England said one of the most satisfactory aspects of the South African series was that in all four tests they had covered the full distance from 20 opposing gates.

"This is something we have struggled with in the past when we were abroad."