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Joe Root adamant England are still in Ashes series despite trailing 2-0

• England captain insists this team is better than the one whitewashed in 2013
• ‘We have proved we are still massively in this series’ says Root

Joe Root described his England team as being “massively” still in their series with Australia and in better shape than the team that was whitewashed four years ago despite going 2-0 down in their Ashes defence, and with history now heavily against them.

Hopes of a record run chase in the second Test were dashed early on the final day when, resuming 178 runs shy, they lost their final six wickets for 57. Josh Hazlewood claimed the wickets of Chris Woakes and Root in his first 11 balls and Mitchell Starc finished with five.

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