Joe Root ready for Ashes 2017-18 battle against Australia

Heather Knight scored a battling 79 not out after hitting 62 in England's first innings

Heather Knight scored a battling 79 not out after hitting 62 in England's first innings

Moeen, fit to play in this week's warm-up match against a Cricket Australia XI after sitting out the first two tour fixtures with a "slight side strain", did not flinch when Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill announced the names of the roosters he and Alastair Cook would be feeding to crocodiles Caesar and Bully.

England's decision to play in high temperatures in Townsville was taken to help adapt to expected conditions for their first Ashes Test in Brisbane, but a forecast of cloud could turn out to favour their swing bowlers against Australia.

"I think we'll take him on from the very first ball", O'Keeffe told the Sydney Morning Herald. It's making sure we are absolutely prepared for any scenario and absolutely ready for that first game, whatever they do throw at us. "We expect it to be hostile". We are in a good place and ready for that. We have got four days of cricket ahead.

Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon said every Australian bowler will target touring skipper Root, who has amassed 13 hundreds and 32 half-centuries in 60 Test matches.

"I've heard a lot of chat about them targeting me in particular", he said.

"Bring it's what it's about. But you want that competitive element to it, and those little in-house rivalries".

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"It should be a great series and they've got some great players within their squad and some good characters as well".

Root, who has so far scored 58, 1 and 9 in three innings in Australia also spoke about his hunger for big runs during the series.

"If we get the opportunity to do that, that's definitely the mentality we'll have as a batting side and that's something we're going to have to have throughout the five".

The 30-year-old missed England's opening two games in Perth and Adelaide but is available for the final warm-up game against a Cricket Australia XI starting on Wednesday.

"But ultimately getting runs and good habits here and getting in good habits is the way we have to approach it", he said.

Root insists England can only "make the most of the chances when you get them", though, and is instead focused on maintaining their strong start Down Under.

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