Root knows tourists’ fate

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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.

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