Joe Root has revealed the extent of England’s Ashes celebrations after last week’s victory over Australia that saw them reclaim the urn.
Alastair Cook’s side wrapped up the fourth Test and with it the series, in less than an hour on Saturday morning, with the match over before midday.
But the England players didn’t leave Trent Bridge for ten hours, partying in the dressing room and on the pitch with ‘plenty of drink swilling around’, according to the world’s No 1 Test batsman.
‘Celebrating wins is very special and, at Trent Bridge, we didn’t leave the ground until about 10pm, even though the match was over by midday,’ admitted Root in the Sunday Mirror. ‘As you can imagine there was plenty of drink swilling around in the dressing room and people were wearing as much champagne as they drank.’
Root’s role in the celebrations was highlighted by the television cameras, as the Yorkshire star took to Sky mock pundit Bob Willis in the dressing room.
‘After the spraying was out of the way I couldn’t resist doing my Bob Willis impression, although quite a few people have told me it doesn’t sound anything like him,’ he explained. ‘I’ll have to keep working on it.’
England now go into the final Test in the series with an unassailable 3-1 lead, thanks to back to back wins inside three days, but Root insisted that the side would not be taking their foot off the gas next week.
‘We want to go to the Oval and make sure, when we lift that urn, we are having a huge celebration and it doesn’t become a damp squib because we have not won the final game. [Daily Mail]