Joe Root: England captain motivated by Australia documentary series

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Root has won 20 of his 39 Tests as England captain.

England Test captain Joe Root says watching the documentary series about the Australia team has helped motivate him for next winter’s Ashes.

‘The Test’ features footage from inside the dressing room and ends with Australia retaining the Ashes in England last summer.

Root, 29, said: “It’s been a good motivator to get back and train, use it as a way of incentivising myself.”

The Ashes in Australia are due to start in November 2021.

England’s two-Test tour of Sri Lanka in March was called off after the first warm-up game and there will be no cricket in the UK until at least 28 May because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Root, whose side drew last summer’s Ashes 2-2, said of the documentary: “I resisted watching that for a good while. I’ve started watching the first few now.

“A lot of the things we do in Test cricket revolve around planning for the Ashes down under.

“It goes without saying the Test championship