Why Root shouldn't quit despite calls for axe to fall after Ashes disaster
Joe Root should not step down as English captain despite calls from the likes of Geoff Boycott and Ian Chappell to fall on his sword. He should particularly ignore Boycott as Root has a vastly superior captaincy record to the former England opener. He’s won 27, lost 24 and drawn eight of his 59 games in charge. Boycott was overlooked several times during his lengthy career for the captaincy and when handed the reins in 1978, he won just one of his four Tests, lost another and drew two.
Jos Buttler will not play in the fifth Ashes Test because of a finger injury, England captain Joe Root has confirmed.
Buttler sustained the knock while keeping wicket in Australia's first innings in the drawn fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. © Associated Press England's Jos Buttler has been ruled out of the fifth and final Ashes Test in Hobart
The 31-year-old will now fly home, with Sam Billings in line to make his Test debut behind the stumps in Hobart from Friday.
"Jos Buttler is going to be going home," Root said at the post-match presentation.
"It's quite a bad injury, so it's a really disappointing shame for him and for the team but it's part and parcel of playing Test cricket, sometimes you've got to take these things.
Fourth Ashes Test – Day one: Broad gets Warner again but rain frustrates
Australia ended a stop-start day in Sydney 126 for three.Stuart Broad continued to act as David Warner’s nemesis when he marked his return to the side with a familiar looking dismissal against the left-hander.
"And the way he stood up throughout the rest of the game having taken that and put in for the boys is testament to his character and how much he cares about playing for this team."
Ben Stokes and Jonny Bairstow are also doubts ahead of the fifth Test, having sustained injuries. All three batted on Sunday as England dug deep to draw on the final day at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Australia had led the series 3-0, with their hopes of a 5-0 sweep now ended.
"It's been a difficult tour, but we stood up and found a way to get a result out of this game," added Root.
"We wanted to put pride back into the badge. The way we went about it in this game, we did that. We know there's a long way to go. It would be nice to front up again next week and go one better." © Associated Press Buttler was dismissed lbw by Australia's Pat Cummins in England's second innings of the fourth Test
Coach Langer not 'edgy' about his future .
Justin Langer says he's not "edgy" before talks with Cricket Australia bosses about his tenure as national coach.Langer, at the end of his four-year contract, will soon meet with Cricket Australia bosses.