Daily Mail UK – Joe Root looked ahead to the biggest test of his fledgling captaincy and his career on Tuesday and insisted he relished England’s status here as big Ashes underdogs.

Summary

  • Joe Root looked ahead to the biggest test of his fledgling captaincy and his career on Tuesday and insisted he relished England’s status here as big Ashes underdogs.
  • History tells you Australia are rarely beaten on home soil, not least by England, but even though Root’s first tour at the helm has got off to a far from convincing start he is adamant his side have enough bite to pull off an upset.
  • Root talked impressively here in north Queensland and was even happy about Australia’s insistence that they are, as usual, targeting the captain, one TV crew likening their approach towards him as ‘cutting off the head of the snake’.
  • It was the noise around Ashes series, particularly in Australia, that Root admits got to him as a young player when he was part of the last 5-0 thrashing.
  • I wasn’t ready,’ said Root, who ended up being dropped for the last Test of that 2013-14 series in Sydney.


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