Root was the captain in two axles – one with a loss and another was a draw. Michael Vaughan believes the Yorkshireman would like to exchange one of his 27 victories for the coveted Ashes trophy. He says although the WTC is now the new target for Test teams, for England and Australia, the Ashes remain the pinnacle.
“Right now, I’m pretty sure he would trade some of the 27 wins for an Ashes series win. He wants more than anything to feel the urge to keep the urn, because that’s the only piece he’s missing in his career. “Maybe it will change over time and winning the World Test Championship will be the top of captains, but at the moment it is the axis that is most important,” Michael Vaughan wrote in his column for The Telegraph.
England will tour Australia later this year. This would be Root’s third attempt to defeat Australia as captain.
‘I realize I can get a little flake for this, but Joe will not act as a great captain until he beats Australia, probably even in his own mind, and who knows, his third crack in the winter could be his last. Not many get four bites at the cherry. When you receive the wonderful call to be offered the job in England, focus only on the way you can beat Australia. You want to win the ashes more than anything and everyone who disagrees is lying, ”he added.
Big thing now is to win this series against India: Michael Vaughan
On the ongoing series against India, the 46-year-old said it would be quite an achievement for England if they could beat Virat Kohli’s team, given the number of players they miss – especially in Jofra Archer’s Ben Stokes , and Stuart Broad.
“His big thing now is to win this series, which would be a great achievement from where England were this summer, and the number of high quality players they lost, and then focus on Australia again,” Michael Vaughan added .
The series is tied at 1-1 after three Tests. The fourth meeting will be presented for the Oval from 2 September.