Sport 'Wiser' England ready for Australian aggression, says Root

17:06  14 november  2017
17:06  14 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

England struggle in draw against CA XI

  England struggle in draw against CA XI England took just one wicket on Saturday as they drew with a Cricket Australia XI ahead of the Ashes.The tourists looked on track to head into the first Test after back-to-back wins, but they were forced to toil in Townsville.

MELBOURNE - England were caught out by Australia ’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week.

' Wiser ' England ready for Australian aggression , says Root . IMAGE: Joe Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading the team . Photographs: England Cricket/Twitter. England were caught out by Australia 's aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says

Joe Root wearing a suit and tie: England Press Conference© REUTERS England Press Conference England were caught out by Australia's aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week.

Root was a member of Alastair Cook's side that was demolished by a Mitchell Johnson-led pace assault and sledged relentlessly throughout the 5-0 series defeat four years ago.

Root, then 22, won praise for a defiant half-century in the Adelaide test but, like the rest of the England batters, struggled to score runs on most of Australia's pitches.

England secure tour game win in Adelaide

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England were caught out by Australia ’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared. “I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – England were caught out by Australia ’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in ”I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around.

"I think last time it maybe caught us out," Root told reporters on Tuesday in Townsville where England are preparing for their final warmup match against a Cricket Australia XI.

"I think we're a little bit wiser to it this time around.

"It's still about making sure we're absolutely prepared for any scenario out there.

"We're expecting it to be hostile, we're expecting it to be very loud and rowdy atmosphere at the Gabba.

England's Moeen fit to return ahead of Ashes opener

  England's Moeen fit to return ahead of Ashes opener England all-rounder Moeen Ali is ready to play his first Australian tour match in Townsville after recovering from a side strain. The 30-year-old missed England's opening two games in Perth and Adelaide but is available for the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI starting on Wednesday."I am good. It's just a slight strain on my side from throwing," Moeen told reporters on Monday."It was a bit frustrating but also not a bad thing, you get a lot more work done.

MELBOURNE, Nov 14 (Reuters) - England were caught out by Australia 's aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully "I think we're a little bit wiser to it this time around. "It's still about making sure we're absolutely prepared for any scenario out there.

England were caught out by Australia 's aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for short-pitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week. ”I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around.

"Hopefully we'll be in a really good place and really ready for that because I think we've got our heads round what to expect."

Australian captain Steve Smith.© AAP Image/Dave Hunt Australian captain Steve Smith.

With all-rounder Ben Stokes absent from the tour, Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading a team with a number of inexperienced batsmen.

Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said last week the home side's bowlers would compete fiercely for the England captain's wicket.

Root was unfazed by the attention.

"I've heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular," he said.

"From our point of view we'll be targeting every single one of them, we won't be singling any guys out.

"Bring it on. It's what it's about. You want that competitive element and those little in-house rivalries, if you like."

Former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan has accused Australia of making things hard for England in their preparations by serving up low-quality tour sides away from the test venues.

The tourists will play another modest Cricket Australia XI in the remote northern city of Townsville from Wednesday.

Root said it was nothing different from the last tour.

"I think we've mentally approached that slightly differently this time round and probably slightly better, if I'm being brutally honest," he said.

"Obviously it would have been nice to get a feel for the grounds, especially for the guys who haven't played at those venues.

"I don't think it makes too much of a difference."


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