Joe Root has cleared all doubts over his future as leader of England's Test side by expressing his willingness to continue captaining the team despite presiding over another failed attempt to reclaim the Ashes urn.
Root, who was dismissed for a golden duck during England's pursuit of the fourth innings target of 383, has received criticism this series for lacking the tactical nous to thrive against quality oppositions.
Nevertheless, he insisted he is the right man for the job to lead England.
"Definitely, yes," Root said when asked whether he was suited for the role of captain.
"Whenever you lose a series it hurts and I have to take that on the chin. It's still very raw.
"You have to look at areas you want to get better at, both in yourself and as a team.
"But I have been given a fantastic opportunity to captain the Test side and will continue to work very hard doing my best at that. That is in my control and I have to make sure I keep getting this team in the best shape to win as many games as possible."
The focus now shifts towards the final Test of the series at The Oval starting Thursday, with a buoyant Australia confident of completing their first Ashes victory on English soil since 2001.
With little time to reassemble and assess the shortcomings in the defeat in Manchester, Root and his players will have to quickly revive their dampened spirits.
The added context of the inaugural World Test Championship provides England the opportunity to gain valuable points by triumphing in the final encounter and squaring the series 2-2.
"It's important to look at next week," said Root.
"We have an important Test match against Australia and we have to make sure we finish this summer strong: do not lose this Ashes series.
"We have the Test championship to play for, do not lose this Ashes series. It matters to me, it matters to everyone involved," he added.
"I know the Ashes are not coming home but in terms of the Test championship, at the end of the two-year cycle those points could be crucial.
"Every game against Australia matters."