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Australia face a 'wiser' England, warns captain Joe Root ahead of final Ashes warm-up... and welcomes bowlers' bounty on his head: 'Bring it on'

  • Joe Root claimed England were caught out by Australia in last Ashes defeat
  • England will face one more Cricket Australia XI before the Ashes begins
  • Root felt Australia should be prepared to face a very different England side
  • He encouraged Australia to 'bring it on' after claims he is being targeted

England captain Joe Root claims Australia will face a very different side to the one they demolished in the 2013-14 Ashes.

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.

England captain Joe Root prepares for England's last Ashes warm-up Test

England captain Joe Root prepares for England's last Ashes warm-up Test

The 26-year-old insists England are in shape to improve on the 2013-14 5-0 Ashes thrashing

The 26-year-old insists England are in shape to improve on the 2013-14 5-0 Ashes thrashing

Alastair Cook smiles as the Ashes squad engage in a morning warm-up session

Alastair Cook smiles as the Ashes squad engage in a morning warm-up session

But the 26-year-old has insisted that England have learned their lesson since their last trip down-under.

'I think last time it maybe caught us out,' Root said 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.'

Cook lingers up as he hopes to inflict revenge after captaining England to 2013 defeat

Cook lingers up as he hopes to inflict revenge after captaining England to 2013 defeat

Moeen Ali looks a focused figure as he makes his way to the to the nets in Townsville

Moeen Ali looks a focused figure as he makes his way to the to the nets in Townsville

England, of course, are high in confidence following their 2015 victory which ensured some revenge was paid to their Australian visitors, but despite reclaiming the Ashes, their is still more to prove in Brisbane.

With all-rounder Ben Stokes absent from the tour, Root will have a bigger load to carry in leading a 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 commented.

'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.'

The England squad even took some time out of practice to have a kick around

The England squad even took some time out of practice to have a kick around

Root remains relaxed in his preparations despite claims he will be targeted by Australia

Root remains relaxed in his preparations despite claims he will be targeted by Australia

The England skipper hits a few balls in the nets as he hopes to shock Australia in Brisbane
Root puts his bowling to the test ahead of England's next warm-up in Townsville

The England skipper looks a more weathered player as he puts his game through the motions

Former England captain and media pundit Michael Vaughan has accused Australia of making things difficult for England 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, but Root felt 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 added.

'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.'  

Cook is raring to go as he runs onto the field at the start of the sessios

Cook is raring to go as he runs onto the field at the start of the sessios

Jonny Bairstow focused ahead of the next warm-up as he gets some batting practice in

Jonny Bairstow focused ahead of the next warm-up as he gets some batting practice in

And feels Australia will be met by a much wiser England side come the first Test in Brisbane

And feels Australia will be met by a much wiser England side come the first Test in Brisbane

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