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Monday, 8 July 2019

Root calls out Australian 'mind games'


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England star Joe Root has accused Australia of trying to play mind games ahead of their World Cup semi-final, claiming it's still part of the team's culture.

Root lit the fuse for another spicy encounter on Thursday, calling out the Aussies for a history of attempting to deflect pressure before big games.

His comments came after Lyon stated the World Cup was England's to lose, reminding them of their pre-tournament status as favourites before Thursday's semi-final.

Lyon has has a history with England, after he declared before the 2016-17 Ashes that the Aussies would "end careers" of some of their players.

"Nathan has a lot to say a lot of the time so for me you just take it with a pinch of salt," Root said.

"It might be a way of taking pressure off himself and his team.

"We know what we need to do to perform well. If that clicks we will be a force to play against."

England captain Joe Root

Root then doubled down, adding he now simply expected those kind of mind games from Australia.

"It has happened for years," he said.

"Look back at when Glenn McGrath played and (he predicted) 5-0 every time.

"It's just part and parcel of when you play against Australia.

"That's how they like to prepare themselves and get themselves ready. We'll go about it in our own away."

Australia have made a point of tapering their on-field aggression in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, with no incidents of note in this World Cup.

Maxwell needs to lift at World Cup

But Root said England approached the game with the same expectation, vowing not to get drawn into any on-field goading.

Australia's coach Justin Langer made a similar comment on Sunday, vowing not to get into verbal rubbish with England.

The hosts have a bigger mountain to climb.

They have not beaten Australia at a World Cup since 1992, and have lost in both a warm-up game and group match to their arch-rivals this year.

"There has been a lot made of the fear factor of playing against Australia," Root said.

"But for this group of players over the last four years their experiences against Australia are very positive.

"They have got a lot of success in the bank."

England had a left-armer among their net bowlers at training on Monday, after Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff claimed nine of their wickets at Lord's.

But there were also some concerns, as Chris Woakes and Jason Roy appeared to be put through early-week fitness tests with a series of sprints.

England star Joe Root has accused Australia of trying to play mind games ahead of their World Cup semi-final, claiming it's still part of the team's culture.

Root lit the fuse for another spicy encounter on Thursday, calling out the Aussies for a history of attempting to deflect pressure before big games.

His comments came after Lyon stated the World Cup was England's to lose, reminding them of their pre-tournament status as favourites before Thursday's semi-final.

Lyon has has a history with England, after he declared before the 2016-17 Ashes that the Aussies would "end careers" of some of their players.

"Nathan has a lot to say a lot of the time so for me you just take it with a pinch of salt," Root said.

"It might be a way of taking pressure off himself and his team.

"We know what we need to do to perform well. If that clicks we will be a force to play against."

England captain Joe Root

Root then doubled down, adding he now simply expected those kind of mind games from Australia.

"It has happened for years," he said.

"Look back at when Glenn McGrath played and (he predicted) 5-0 every time.

"It's just part and parcel of when you play against Australia.

"That's how they like to prepare themselves and get themselves ready. We'll go about it in our own away."

Australia have made a point of tapering their on-field aggression in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal, with no incidents of note in this World Cup.

Maxwell needs to lift at World Cup

But Root said England approached the game with the same expectation, vowing not to get drawn into any on-field goading.

Australia's coach Justin Langer made a similar comment on Sunday, vowing not to get into verbal rubbish with England.

The hosts have a bigger mountain to climb.

They have not beaten Australia at a World Cup since 1992, and have lost in both a warm-up game and group match to their arch-rivals this year.

"There has been a lot made of the fear factor of playing against Australia," Root said.

"But for this group of players over the last four years their experiences against Australia are very positive.

"They have got a lot of success in the bank."

England had a left-armer among their net bowlers at training on Monday, after Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff claimed nine of their wickets at Lord's.

But there were also some concerns, as Chris Woakes and Jason Roy appeared to be put through early-week fitness tests with a series of sprints.

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