As long as I play the second Test, I am not concerned where I bat, says Joe Root

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“I just love playing for England, you’ve heard me say that before, regardless of where [I bat]”

England batsman Joe Root has announced that as long as he plays in the second Ashes Test in Adelaide, he is not concerned with where he bats.

Following the departure of Jonathan Trott, Root and Ian Bell were locked in a battle to take over the third spot, but it seems as if Bell holds the advantage heading into the second Test.

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Root said. “I just love playing for England, you’ve heard me say that before, regardless of where [I bat]. Three, five, six or opening it’s been brilliant.

“If I get the chance to do it, it will be a great experience and a good challenge for me, and I look forward to doing it.

“When you go out there, you go in a number of situations and it’s just making sure you are well equipped to deal with them. I’ll be making sure I prepare well over the next couple of days and going in feeling comfortable and confident.

“This is a great opportunity to go out there and make a statement as a team and put massive scores on the board.”

Root also revealed that he has played in South Australia before as three years ago he was part of the Darren Lehmann Academy.

“Three years ago I came out here for the Darren Lehmann Academy and played club cricket for Prospect just up the road,” Root said. “It was great. I had five months here and I really enjoyed my time. I worked really hard on my game at the Adelaide Oval which is where it was based, and the season after I ended up making my senior first-class debut.

“It was a really beneficial five months for me and I have a lot of fond memories. Playing outdoors for five months instead of being in an indoor facility, playing with other lads in a similar position to me, looking to make their way was beneficial for me in trying to better myself. It’s really nice to be back.

“I played with Nathan Lyon, got to know him quite well, and it’s quite interesting being on the opposite side now. I’m sure he is looking forward to it as well.”

Root also refused to say much about the sledging controversy between Australia captain Michael Clarke and England pace bowler James Anderson, but admitted that it is likely to “continue right through the series”.

“It’s Test cricket, that’s all part of it,” he said. “I quite enjoy being out there and being part of the battles that you get. It’s all part of the game and something I am sure will continue right through the series.

“Everyone has got their own way of coping with it and we’re generally very good at it as a side. I don’t think there is too much point talking about it, just get on with your job and do it as best you can.”

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