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England Test captain Joe Root has noted that his side could excel in the Ashes series against Australia if they have a successful World Cup campaign.
The World Cup will be held in England and Wales, but England have never won the quadrennial tournament.
However, should England go all the way in the World Cup, Root admitted it could do wonders for the team in the Ashes, which begins on August 1 at Edgbaston.
Root also conceded that he is extremely excited to be captaining England in a home Ashes series for the first time.
“It will be very special,” Root was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “The hairs stand up on your arms just thinking about it.
“But there’s so much cricket to be played between now and then, that it would be wrong to look too far ahead to those opening days and all of those little intricacies that come with an Ashes series.
“Most importantly, you’ve got to get some runs early season – give yourself a load of confidence going into what is going to be an amazing summer.
“[Hosting the World Cup] is obviously very exciting. At this time of the season, after having a bit of time off, very quickly your mind starts switching to what’s to come.
“Hopefully we’ll be on a flier after a brilliant World Cup. Ultimately when those Test matches come round, we know we’re going to have to be absolutely ready for them.”