Independent UK – After being ambushed by Mitchell Johnson and the rest of Australia’s team during his first Ashes tour four years ago, Joe Root is no mood to make the same mistake again ahead of this latest series.

Summary

  • After being ambushed by Mitchell Johnson and the rest of Australia’s team during his first Ashes tour four years ago, Joe Root is no mood to make the same mistake again ahead of this latest series.
  • Root was dropped for the final Test of that series in Sydney but averages 59.83 in Test cricket since, a run of form that helped his ascension to the captaincy earlier this year.
  • Now, with Johnson retired from Tests and succeeded by another Mitchell – Starc – as the spearhead of the Australian attack, Root is confident he is better prepared for the challenge this time ahead of the start of the series in Brisbane on Thursday week.
  • I think one thing for me this time will be making sure the game is played at my pace, trying to be nice and calm and collected out in the middle – and feel really ready for that aspect of Test cricket, which you do experience here in Australia.
  • Speaking before the start of England’s final four-day warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI in Townsville on Wednesday, Root says he is ready for whatever Australia throw at him this time and is unperturbed by the pre-series trash talk.


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