‘I don’t think Shane Warne’s ever said a nice thing about an England touring team’, says Joe Root

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“I don’t know why he said that”

England batsman Joe Root has lashed out at former Australia spin king Shane Warne over the comments he made about captain Alastair Cook being “negative, boring [and] not very imaginative”, stating that “I don’t think Shane Warne’s ever said a nice thing about an England touring team”.

Warne even took a jab at Root, saying that the 22-year-old should be demoted down the batting order in order to allow Michael Carberry to open the batting with Cook.

“I don’t know why he said that,” Root said. “I don’t think Shane Warne’s ever said a nice thing about an England touring team so it would be wrong of me to listen to everything he says.

“When Australia toured England they had a very distinct way of attacking us in the media and that’s one way they go about things. Well, he goes about things. And that’s not for me to worry about. I can only prepare for what I’m going to be doing and it would be wrong of me to look at things like that.

“I can only look to improve my technique and my game. I don’t know how things are going to pan out. I obviously expect the Australian media to talk about how hard it’s going to be over here and how good they are. But that’s Australia. You wouldn’t expect anything else.”

Root’s team-mate Ian Bell also got involved in the debate, noting that “there’s no point wasting energy trying to find compliments from Australians”.

“It’s quite funny at times and I’ve certainly learnt that there’s no point wasting energy trying to find compliments from Australians,” Bell said. “It’s just not going to happen. We could win 5-0 and still have negatives from Australia so I’m not going to worry about it and I don’t think the other lads will either. That’s how we feel. At the end of the day we’ve just got to go out and do what we do and look after the team and go out and win.”

While Warne may be stirring up a lot of controversy just weeks before the start of the Ashes series in Brisbane on November 21, Bell revealed that the Australian public have the complete opposite as they “have been amazingly friendly and nice to us”.

“A lot of the public here have been amazingly friendly and nice to us to be honest,” Bell said. “Certain ex-players will have their say here and there and that’s just how it is. It’s no point wasting energy over it. We know it will be a tough environment in Brisbane and we’ll have to be prepared for that. But so far, with a lot of English people in Perth, it’s been nice.”

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