Root: We’re hungry to seal Ageas Bowl glory

England's Mason Crane will make his England Test debut when the fifth Ashes Test begins at Sydney Cricket Ground tonight

Root: Hampshire talent will embrace Ashes debut

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Joe Root is refusing to take anything for granted as England close in on a first Test triumph in almost a year.

The Yorkshire batsman struck 56 from 41 balls as the home side set India a target of 445 to win the third Test at the Ageas Bowl.

Joe Root, left, celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with Jos Buttler

Joe Root, left, celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with Jos Buttler

He then took the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan (37) as England, who trail 1-0 in the five-match series, reduced the tourists to 112 for four at stumps on day four.

England look certain to wrap up victory today.

But Root is not letting himself look too far ahead with six wickets standing between his team and a first Test win since August 12 of last year when they beat Australia at Durham.

‘We’re in a really good position and hopefully we can kick on and get the last six wickets today,’ said the 23-year-old.

‘We wouldn’t be in this position without the runs of Gary (Ballance) and Ian (Bell) and the guys’ efforts with the ball in the first innings.

‘But it will mean nothing if we don’t get those six wickets today.

‘We have a big task on our hands to make sure we do it.

‘We are really hungry for a win – it has been a long time now.’

Root reckons off-spinner Moeen Ali (two for 33) will be able to get all the assistance he needs from the Ageas Bowl pitch to bowl England to glory.

‘The wicket is obviously giving a little bit more turn now it is drier,’ he said.

‘Hopefully Moeen can play a big part today. He did a fantastic job for us last night.’

Meanwhile, Jimmy Anderson was caught up in an exchange of words with Ajinkya Rahane at stumps.

Anderson, who was celebrating his 32nd birthday yesterday, already faces a disciplinary hearing after a confrontation with Ravindra Jadeja in the first Test at Trent Bridge.

Root added: ‘I wasn’t aware of anything. I’m sure it was nothing.’

n Hampshire travel to Gloucestershire for their third Royal London One-Day Cup clash today (10.30am).

Jimmy Adams & Co lost their group A opener against Derbyshire on Saturday but bounced back to form with an emphatic win over Lancashire 24 hours later.