‘Wiser’ Eng­land ready for Aus­tralian ag­gres­sion, says Root

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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.

Joe Root

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