I’m looking forward to having ‘some good battles’ against Warner, says Joe Root

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“Hopefully we can have some good battles on the field this time”

England batsman Joe Root has announced that he is looking forward to having “some good battles” against Australia opener David Warner.

Warner and Root have a dark past, whereby the flamboyant Australian batsman was suspended for punching Root at the Walkabout bar in Birmingham during the Champions Trophy in June.

“It’s good to see him in the runs and hopefully we can have some good battles on the field this time,” Root told the Daily Telegraph.

Root added that England’s top order batsmen, which includes himself, have to “keep scoring big runs” throughout the upcoming Ashes series if England are to stand any chance of beating Australia four times in a row, a feat which they have not accomplished since the 1890s.

“Australia bowled very well at our top order last summer,” Root said. “It wasn’t just me – all three of us at the top didn’t score the runs we would have liked. I think they tried to bowl slightly fuller at me.

“It will be interesting to see how they attack me this series. I want to improve and get through that new ball and keep scoring big runs.

I’ll just make sure I’m prepared for everything going into that first Test.”

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