Joe Root is hoping that England can inspire a new generation of cricketer fans by capturing the 2019 ICC World Cup trophy on home soil.
The hosts are yet to win a 50-over World Cup title but that drought is just two steps from being broken as they get ready to face arch-rivals Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston.
Root is taking inspiration from England’s Ashes triumph in 2005 over Australia and hopes the current side can leave a similar impact on the nation.
“I can remember that 2005 Ashes as a kid and being really absorbed in that whole series at 14 years old,” Root was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.
“It was magical. For us to have a similar opportunity, on a slightly different scale maybe, is very exciting. It is great to see people showing a huge interest in cricket and it is great that this group of players are playing their part in getting people interested.
“Every player wants to see the game grow and flourish so it would be great to be able to help do that by achieving something very special. I think it is one of the most pleasing things that you can do as a sportsman. It would be brilliant if we could take that even further by doing what we have done in the last couple of games.”
History is riding against England for Thursday’s clash with Australia yet to lose a World Cup semi-final in seven past meetings so far. However, the hosts will take comfort from their track record at Edgbaston where they have won their last 10 matches across all formats.
The Aussies, on the other hand, have not won at the venue in any format since 2001 with their last ODI victory at Edgbaston coming all the way back in 1993.
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