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England are well prepared for Ashes barbs, insists skipper Root


By David Clough

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, 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 think me personally, I wasn't ready," he said.

"Conversations about last time can be healthy and more than anything you've got to look at it as a huge opportunity.

"You've got the opportunity to do something really special, playing for your country, Ashes series, lot of history - you want to be a part of that."

The hosts are sure to target Root from the outset in Brisbane next week in their quest to regain the Ashes after England's home win in 2015.

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