Ashes 2013-14: England’s Joe Root relishing ‘fun’ Australia battle

Ashes 2013-14: England batsman Joe Root is relishing the "fun" battle with Australia ahead of the second Test in Adelaide

By Daniel Jolly
Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root Photo: The Sport Review

Joe Root says that he is looking forward to “the fun” battle against Australia ahead of the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, which starts Thursday.

Darren Lehmann’s men picked up a convincing 381-run victory in the opener in Brisbane, securing their first win in this format since last January.

Paceman Mitchell Johnson produced a man-of-the-match display to silence his critics, especially those in the travelling Barmy Army, as he claimed 9-103 in the first Test.

Whilst the challenge of facing a confident Australian side would faze most, Root is relishing the task.

“It’s great – that’s why you play Test cricket, to get in confrontations and battles like that and try to be successful in those situations,” said Root.

“Bring it on, on Thursday. It should be good fun. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Much of the media’s attention after the first Test centred on the increasing animosity and sledging between the two sides, with the incident between Michael Clarke and James Anderson receiving particular scrutiny.

Despite many saying that is going too far, the 22-year-old says that it is just another facet of the game.

“It’s Ashes cricket; it’s hard cricket,” he said.

“Guys are out there to win, and it’s all part of the game.

“Whether you like it or not, you have to deal with it on the field and find your own way to cope with it.

“If the ICC want to step in when they think things have gone too far, that’s up to them. But all we can do is control what we’re doing, and try to win the game for our country.”

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