‘Wiser’ England ready for Australian aggression, says Root
Brief scores: Sketch International 146 all out in 20 overs (Sharon Sebastian 41 – 3x4, 1x6, Zahid Din 32 – 1x4, 2x6. Vinu Narayanan 2-20, Sajeev Sathyanandan 2-24, Mifas Mohamed 2-29) lost to Maxitech International 149 for 2 in 13.1 overs (Sajeev Sathyanandan 77 – 10x4, 4x6, Rahul Rajeev, 36 – 5x4) by eight wickets. JOHAN TON POWERS
DANMARK Superb unbeaten century by Johan Cilliers steered Danmark to a 10-wicket victory against Kone CT in an I Division match at OAC III ground. MELBOURNE: England were caught out by Australia’s aggression during the ill-fated 2013/14 Ashes campaign but captain Joe Root says they are fully prepared for shortpitched bowling and on-field chatter when the series kicks off in Brisbane next week.
Root was a member of Alastair Cook’s side that was demolished by a Mitchell Johnson-led pace assault and sledged relentlessly throughout the 5-0 series defeat four years ago.
Root, then 22, won praise for a defiant half-century in the Adelaide test but, like the rest of the England batters, struggled to score runs on most of Australia’s pitches.
“I think last time it maybe caught Brief scores: Kone CT 165 all out in 19.5 overs (Harshith Kumar 31 – 7x4, Shabeer Musthafa 25 – 5x4 Mahesh Kumar 24 – 2x4. Hossain Sajad 3-27, Prathamesh Kumble 2-18, Junaid Iqbal 2-26) lost to Danmark 168 for 0 in 15.2 overs (Johan Cilliers 116 not out – 16x4, 5x6, Doresh Devender 40 not out – 5x4, 1x6) by 10 wickets. CHAHEL, ANKITH STAR IN
ISM VICTORY Batsman Chahel Balasubramaniyan and all-rounder Ankith Rao helped Indian School Muscat (ISM) to an easy win over Sri Lankan School Muscat (SLSM) in a 30-over Under-16 League game at Muscat Municipality ground 1 in Al Amerat.
Batting first, SLSM were bowled out for 179 in the 29th over. Movindu Movith topscored with 62 off 66 balls.
Ankith took three wickets while us out,” Root told reporters on Tuesday in Townsville where England are preparing for their final warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI.
“I think we’re a little bit wiser to it this time around.
“It’s still about making sure we’re absolutely prepared for any scenario out there.
“We’re expecting it to be hostile, we’re expecting it to be very loud and rowdy atmosphere at the Gabba.
“Hopefully we’ll be in a really good place and really ready for that because I think we’ve got our heads round what to expect.”
With all-rounder Ben Stokes absent from the tour, Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading a Brief scores: SLSM 179 all out in 28.3 overs (Movindu Movith 60 – 6x4. Ankith Rao 3-23, Azam Ali 2-22, Jayesh Anil 2-26) lost to ISM 180 for 2 in 24.3 overs (Chahel Balasubramaniyan 70 – 8x4, Ankith Rao 41 not out – 6x4. Udantha Paliwadana 2-28) by 8 wickets. Brief scores: MCCC ‘A’ 243 for 1 in 20 overs (Gyan Ganesh 88 not out – 11x4, Saami Kabir Khan 69 – 10x4, Arjunsuresh Dhiman 62 not out – 13x4) beat BOC 67 all out in 14 overs (Aadhithya Ramaswamy 2-04, Saami Kabir Khan 2-11) by 176 runs. team with a number of inexperienced batsmen. Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said last week the home side’s bowlers would compete fiercely for the England captain’s wicket. Root was unfazed by the attention. “I’ve heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular,” he said.
“From our point of view we’ll be targeting every single one of them, we won’t be singling any guys out.
“Bring it on. It’s what it’s about. You want that competitive element and those little in-house rivalries, if you like.”
Former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan has accused Australia of making things hard for England in their preparations by serving up low-quality tour sides away from the test venues.
The tourists will play another modest Cricket Australia XI in the remote northern city of Townsville from Wednesday.
Root said it was nothing different from the last tour.
“I think we’ve mentally approached that slightly differently this time round and probably slightly better, if I’m being brutally honest,” he said.
“Obviously it would have been nice to get a feel for the grounds, especially for the guys who haven’t played at those venues.
“I don’t think it makes too much of a difference.”
Maxitech top performers Vinu, Sajeev and Rahul. (L-R) Arjun, Gyan and Saami Kabir Khan of MCCC ‘A’ U-13 team. Danmark posted a 10-wicket victory against Kone CT in an I Division match.