Root backs Cook, Broad and Anderson to extend Test careers
England's Ashes misery will prompt calls for a shake-up in the Test team, but captain Joe Root is confident senior players Alastair Cook, Stuart Broad and James Anderson all still have plenty to offer.
The returns of opening batsman Cook - England's record run-scorer - and experienced seamer Broad have been among the biggest disappointments for a touring side that relinquished the Ashes urn on Monday courtesy of an innings-and-41-run loss in Perth.
Cook has mustered just 83 runs from six innings at a woeful average of 13.83, while Broad's five wickets in the series have come at 61.80 and his relative lack of pace in comparison to Australia's quicks has been notable.
After defeat in Perth left England 3-0 down with two matches to play, Root was asked in a news conference whether he expects Cook, Broad and the 35-year-old Anderson - who has claimed a creditable 12 wickets at 26 in the series - to still be part of the Test set-up a year from now.
"I'd like to think so - theyhave huge amounts of experience and they do offer a lot to this group and their performances over a long period of time speak for themselves," replied the skipper.
"They've been in situations where things haven't gone for them before and that's why they've played so many games. There's no reason why they can't do that again throughout the rest of this series.
"It's very important that as a group, me as captain and Trevor [Bayliss, the head coach] - we don't panic, we don't make any hasty decisions after three games that haven't gone in our favour."
Root mounted a particularly strong defence of Cook amid suggestions the veteran opener, who played his 150th Test in Perth, could be nearing retirement.
Questioned on why he believes Cook still has the hunger to represent his country, Root said: "I think the fact he's done it so many times before, the fact he's a very stubborn guy that likes proving people wrong could come into it.
"As he alluded to before this game, the amount of extra work and hard yards he's putting in behind the scenes tells me that he's desperate to keep going. You wouldn't be going out of your way to do that little bit extra and keep trying as hard as he is if it didn't mean that much to you and you didn't want to play on for longer.
"I can see him coming out at Melbourne and at Sydney and hopefully turning things round, making some big scores and getting back to where he wants to be."