England's year a success despite missing out on Ashes, says Root

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Australia has sensationally axed vice-captain Travis Head on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

"It's bitterly disappointing to not have got the Ashes back, but we haven't lost anything yet", he said.

"That's a real incentive for everyone, to be part of something special there". Batting first for the first time in the series, Stafanie Taylor's side was bundled out for 180 in 50 overs - a marginally better effort than their previous two outings - which Australia overcame in just the 32nd over through half-centuries to Alyssa Healy (61) and Meg Lanning (58 not out).

Ever since he returned to global cricket, Warner has been welcomed back with abuses and rude sledges all through the 2019 World Cup and the Ashes 2019 in England.

There have been great outpourings of joy and relief, as when England regained the Ashes in 1926 and 1953 - for the first time since the World Wars - and in 2005 when England regained the Ashes after a similar lapse of 16 years.

"I know the direction I want to take this team and it's about starting that now, not after this series", said the Yorkshire batsman. That's the full focus of this group so we've got to make sure that we win this game.

The former captain, top of the worldwide rankings, has carried his team's batting with three centuries and two fifties, including a double-century in the win in Manchester, with Marnus Labuschagne the only other batsman who has shown any consistency.

Four years on from the white-ball revolution which ended with World Cup glory Root is pinning his hopes to harnessing similar momentum back in Test cricket, most likely, building around a core of himself, Stokes, Rory Burns, Jonny Bairstow and Jofra Archer. There have been quite a few injuries and the weather has intervened in certain parts of games. "The series could have looked different".

England have been forced to rejig the balance of their side because of a shoulder injury to all-rounder Ben Stokes.

All-rounders Sam Curran and Chris Woakes have been recalled. Fast bowler Peter Siddle is on stand-by in case they do opt for an adjustment.

"I feel like we could just be a little bit more biased towards our own team", he said.

"We are very hungry, we have already spoken a lot about it", he told reporters on Wednesday.

Despite retaining the Ashes, Australia skipper Tim Paine described the Oval Test as a grand final.

"Last week's result at Old Trafford was brilliant and we played very well, but all the guys are aware that this Test is bigger than that one".

"We've got to make sure that we square the series up and there's Test Championship points to play for as well which down the line could make a huge difference".

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