Daily Mail UK – Joe Root admits he was taken off guard on his maiden Ashes tour and is determined to learn from the mistakes of 2013/14.
- At 26, Root returns as England captain to a country where he found out the hard way in a 5-0 whitewash defeat that Australia can be an unforgiving place if you are not quite ready for the experience.
- As Root prepared for England’s final warm-up match in Townsville, against a Cricket Australia XI for the second week in succession, he knows he could and should have done things differently four years ago.
- “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.”
- “You’ve got the opportunity to upset that, go and do something really special, playing for your country, Ashes series, lot of history – you want to be a part of that.
- He has heard countless times since arriving in Australia again two weeks ago that the hosts will target him, from the outset in Brisbane next week, in their quest to regain the Ashes after England’s home win in 2015.