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Joe Root has insisted he "definitely" wants to carry on as captain of England despite failing to reclaim the Ashes.

"I definitely want to carry on as captain," Root said. "I have been given a fantastic opportunity to captain the Test side and will continue to work very hard at doing my best at that.

And while Root admitted defeat was "bitterly disappointing", he took heart from England's final-day resistance, suggesting it provided encouragement for the future.

"It's tough to take, losing the Ashes. It's bitterly disappointing. But when you find yourself in a situation like today you learn a lot about your team and the guys.

I thought everyone showed a lot of courage, resilience, and character. Everyone should be really proud about how they approached the day.

"I thought the guys fought extremely bravely. They dug in, they fought and they put a high price on their wicket.

It almost makes it a little bit harder to take but, at the same time, I could not be more proud with how we fought today."

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