Root tells Aus­tralia to ‘bring it on’ for Ashes

The Borneo Post (Sabah) - - SPORT -

TOWNSVILLE, Aus­tralia: Eng­land cap­tain Joe Root Tues­day told Aus­tralia to “bring it on”, vow­ing to fight fire with fire as his team ex­pect a hos­tile re­cep­tion at next week’s first Ashes Test in Bris­bane.

Root said he was un­fazed by talk that Aus­tralia would tar­get him as he pre­pared for the first of five Ashes Tests at the Gabba and said his side will be hit­ting back hard.

“From our point of view, we’ll be tar­get­ing ev­ery sin­gle one of them (the Aus­tralians),” the 26year-old told re­porters ahead of a sec­ond four-day warm-up match against the Cricket Aus­tralia XI in Townsville.

“Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment to it and there are lit­tle in-house ri­val­ries if you like.

“It should be a great se­ries and they’ve got some great play­ers within their squad and some good char­ac­ters as well... They’ve got a lot of qual­ity in their at­tack but we’ve got a lot of qual­ity in our team as well.”

Root said he ex­pected a “hos­tile... very loud and rowdy at­mos­phere” in Bris­bane, but said Eng­land were work­ing hard to be “ab­so­lutely ready” for the first game.

One key con­cern is a lack of big runs for Eng­land’s top order in the warm-up games so far, with no bats­man go­ing on to score a cen­tury de­spite most get­ting good starts, and a lack of runs for for­mer cap­tain Alas­tair Cook.

“I still think that this game, that’s one of the things we re­ally want to get out of it, is guys go­ing on and mak­ing big hun­dreds,” Root said.

“If we get the op­por­tu­nity to do that, that’s def­i­nitely the men­tal­ity we’ll have as a bat­ting side and that’s some­thing we’re go­ing to have to have through­out the five... Test matches.

“Some would say you don’t want to peak too early and get too many big runs early in these warm-up games but ul­ti­mately get­ting good habits is al­ways a good thing so that’s the way we have to ap­proach it.” – AFP

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