Root knows tourists’ fate
FEAR is not a word in the touring English team’s vocabulary despite threats of a “relentless” onslaught from the Australian pace attack at the Gabba next week.
As his team looks for runs in its final warm-up match in Townsville starting today, England captain Joe Root said his men had “got their heads around” what’s going to come their way in Brisbane.
Aussie quick Pat Cummins declared he, Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood had spoken about being “in the face” of the tourists and “aggressive” once the series starts next Thursday.
But Root, taking part in his second Ashes series in Australia, said his batsmen, including those facing the Aussies for the first time, didn’t fear that challenge they are about to face.
“I’m not sure those will be the words flying around our dressing room. These are the sort of statements you expect a week out from the start of an Ashes series here in Australia,” Root said.