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Tony Harper

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Tony is honoured to be next man in as The Roar editor, having made his debut at the Queensland Times, Ipswich, in 1989 with a column entitled 'That's What I reckon Sport!' Has since worked as a reporter and editor with organisations including Fox Sports, Fairfax, News Corp, AAP, The AP and ACP magazines, covering four Olympics, three FIFA World Cups and WC's in cricket and rugby. Favourite team: Arsenal. Favourite question: 'Did you even watch the game?'

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Thanks Wal, that’s much appreciated.

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That’s it from Pat. Bloody great start to life as Test captain!

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC has signed up for the IPL auction but will assess closer to it.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC on being a bowling skipper: “It was my biggest worry I am in team as a bowler and make sure that’s protected. With each game, I felt better at managing that. In might be difficult in heat or longer innings but I feel it’s something I’m going to get better at.

“There more scrutiny on a captain but as for the role on the field it’s manageable. You just have to be across a little more. The role is big and important but perhaps not as all-encompassing as I thought it might be when I first took it on.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC on where he wants team to go. “To be the best team in the world you need to be successful OS. That’s the challenge for his team. I feel we’re well suited with a squad who can offer a lot in those conditions. Hoping this is just the beginning. No imminent retirees.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC says he’ll play the ODIs, with a short break before Pakistan

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC on Green: “When he was at No.6 he had leeway. He scored a lot of runs in Shield cricket, we weren’t worried at all at how he was going. He needed to grow and believe and he showed that last week . As a bowler he’s a genuine fourth quick, bounce control and incredible skills. You forget how young he is. He’s the complete package.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC says at tea “we had a really good chat. Yu can get carried away under the lights and caught bowling really full. We felt back of the length and dry up the runs. We went with a clear plan to hold a good length and as soon as we did that I felt an extra 200 runs was a long way away. We had really clear plans in that session.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC has been asked to heap praise on Head and Green which he says he’s doing “gladly”. Calls out Head’s renewed confidence and calmness. Green, last summer showed signs of potential but this year “he grew as a bowler or batter. He’s as good as any all-rounder in the world at the moment. When he’s next into bat I feel so calm.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

PC: “It’s an incredible feeling. An Ashes series is one you have in your diary for a couple of years a big series you want to peak at. Being thrown the captaincy I couldn’t have predicted this. For this team to be part of ashes history has been phenomenal.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Pat is in the press room

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

The opposite, spoke firmly about his desire to continue

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

And that’s it from Joe Root, expecting Pat Cummins up soon.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root being asked how England cricket can make the shift needed. He says his priority is the team. He expects an opportunity to be part of a review.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root says the situation with COVID has been challenging and amount of cricket makes it difficult and ‘takes tolls on individuals’. But he adds there are things that “definitely need to change”.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root wants to stay as captain: ”I’d love the opportunity to take this team forward and turn things around. I believe I’m the right man to take this team forward.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root: ‘We can’t keep playing cricket the way we are. We keep getting out for 200 it makes it really hard no matter how good the bowling.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root: ‘Everyone will look back on this tour and look at areas where they can improve individually. A lot will look in the mirror and think I could have given a better account of myself.’

Australia, he says, have been the better team in all areas.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root: ‘There are areas we need to work on. Technical, mentally to manage pressure points. We have to be better.”

Praises Australia’s performance.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root: “We have talent but won’t win Test if can’t get runs on the board. Really felt for the quicks after how they bowled.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Root: “It hurts. A poor display especially after the start. Some very poor dismissals after a promising start. we felt very much in the game at the tea break. It’s very evident where we need to improve and adjustments that need to be made.”

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

Joe Root is just about to start his press conference in Hobart.

DAY 3 REPORT: Golden boy Green shines as Australia crush England to complete Ashes thumping

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