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Today’s back pages: England and Root will ‘urn’ Ashes revenge down under

A round-up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 16 September

What a summer it’s been for cricket

“See you down under in 2021”, that’s the back page headline of The Times today after the Ashes series between England and Australia came to a close.

Australia may have retained the famous Ashes urn but England fought back to win the final Test at The Oval yesterday and secure a 2-2 draw in the series. 

After England won the Cricket World Cup and drew the Test series the Daily Mail reports that captain Joe Root has hailed a “phenomenal” summer of cricket in the country. 

Following the 135-run victory in the final Test Root said the performance was a blueprint to regain the urn in two years’ time in Australia, The Daily Telegraph reports. 

“What a summer of cricket it has been,” said Root. “It’s been phenomenal. That World Cup was incredible, for it to finish how it did, made for fantastic viewing - not just the England games, but across the board. 

“It was backed up by such an evenly matched Ashes series. We were blessed by brilliant support throughout and the cricket was pretty gripping. It was quite hard to be involved in at times, especially when we were on the wrong end of it. 

“It has been a huge success for English cricket and a great opportunity to spring the game forward in this country.”

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