Root will use ex­pe­ri­ence to his ad­van­tage

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JOE Root ad­mits he was taken off guard on his maiden Ashes tour and is de­ter­mined to learn from the mis­takes of 2013/14.

At 26, Root re­turns as Eng­land cap­tain to a coun­try where he found out the hard way in a 5-0 white­wash de­feat that Aus­tralia can be an un­for­giv­ing place if you are not quite ready for the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The York­shire­man is con­fi­dent he is re­turn­ing wiser as well as older, though, in pur­suit of the urn again.

As Root pre­pared for Eng­land’s fi­nal warm-up match in Townsville, against a Cricket Aus­tralia XI for the sec­ond week in suc­ces­sion, he knows he could and should have done things dif­fer­ently four years ago.

“I don’t know whether that might have been slightly un­fair on the rest of the side,” he said. “(But) I think me per­son­ally, I wasn’t [ready].”

He found him­self rushed, and paid the price as a still novice in­ter­na­tional bats­man when he was dropped for the fi­nal Test in Syd­ney.

“Ev­ery­thing seemed to hap­pen quite quickly,” he added. “I think one thing for me (this time) will be mak­ing sure the game is played at my pace, try­ing to be nice and calm and col­lected out in the mid­dle – and feel re­ally ready for that as­pect of Test cricket, which you do ex­pe­ri­ence here in Aus­tralia.”

Root is back, of course, as one of the most pro­lific run­scor­ers in in­ter­na­tional cricket. He is not above re­call­ing his tough ex­pe­ri­ences, though, to help him­self and oth­ers in his team.

“Con­ver­sa­tions about last time can be healthy, done in the right way,” he said. “You’re in their back­yard, every­one in the ground seems to think that they’re play­ing for Aus­tralia, and they’ll do ev­ery­thing they can to help their side.

“You’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to up­set that, go and do some­thing re­ally special, play­ing for your coun­try, Ashes se­ries, lot of his­tory – you want to be a part of that.”

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