Sport 24 – Adelaide – Captain Joe Root says England will use Australia’s glee over Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt controversy as motivation for Saturday’s crucial second Ashes Test in Adelaide.

Summary

  • Adelaide – Captain Joe Root says England will use Australia’s glee over Jonny Bairstow’s headbutt controversy as motivation for Saturday’s crucial second Ashes Test in Adelaide.
  • The tourists were not amused over pictures of Steve Smith laughing while team-mate Cameron Bancroft recounted the England wicketkeeper’s “weird” headbutt greeting, following Australia’s 10-wicket first Test victory in Brisbane.
  • Root said it was important to move on from another unwelcome distraction following suspended star all-rounder Ben Stokes’ availability saga, but he also chided Australia over how they manipulated the Bairstow incident.
  • Asked at Friday’s media conference if he would use the Bairstow banter as motivation, Root fired back: “Absolutely.
  • England are also miffed that Australia’s players used sledging about the headbutt to goad Bairstow into playing a loose shot, triggering a lower order batting collapse as they were skittled for just 195 in the second innings in Brisbane.


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