The Ashes may be safely back in England’s possession, and Joe Root may have risen to the No.1 spot in the Test match batting world rankings.
But the Sheffield batsman is not content.
“We’re desperate to win the series 4-1,” Root told TalkSport, after helping England establish an unassailable 3-1 lead over Australia at Trent Bridge last weekend.
“It’s been a great effort so far from the lads but the job is not done yet. We have ambitions as a side and want to put in a strong performance at the Oval, and go away from the series 4-1 up.”
Root’s 130 at Trent Bridge - a second hundred of a series which has also contained two half-centuries - was enough to see him leapfrog Australia’s Steve Smith and AB de Villiers, of South Africa, to No.1 in the ICC Test world rankings.
“To be honest, I’m still trying to take it all in,” 24-year-old Root continued.
“The most pleasing thing is that we’ve not just relied on one or two players; it’s been a real team effort and everyone has contributed in some way, shape or form along the way. The lads who have come into the side, like Steven Finn and Jonny Bairstow, have all made massive contributions in the last few games and hopefully that continues.
“Personally, to be No.1 in the world is a little bit strange; it still hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It’s obviously a nice accolade to have, but more than anything else I am so proud to be part of an Ashes winning team.
“Hopefully, it is the start of something.
“The challenge now is to stay at No.1, and make sure I put in some strong performances to make sure England continue to win games of cricket.”
The fifth and final Test at the Oval begins a week tomorrow, on August 20.