London, Aug 16 (IANS) Top order batsman Joe Root has revealed that the English cricket team didn’t leave Trent Bridge for 10 hours as they were partying in the dressing room and on the pitch with “plenty of drink swilling around” following their 3-1 Ashes victory over Australia that saw them reclaim the urn.
Australia lost the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs inside three days. The visitors had earlier lost the first and third Tests and are trailing the five-match series 1-3.
“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,” Root was quoted as saying by Sunday Mirror on Saturday.
“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, 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. I’ll have to keep working on it,” he said.
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,” Root said.