JOE ROOT believes his England team are wiser than the one whitewashed 5-0 in Australia on his last Ashes visit.
The England captain was still a relative novice Test batsman four years ago, and ended his maiden tour down under by losing his place for the final defeat in Sydney.
This time, he is determined there will be no repeat — and has begun by insisting England will not be sucked into the heightening war of words before a ball is bowled in anger.
Root said: ‘There’s been a lot of talk, some of it exciting and some of it a load of rubbish, especially from some of the Aussie players.
‘I try not to do too much talking. That’s more for them to worry about.’
‘We will go about things our way. I hope that’s the right way.’
The 26-year-old admits it did not quite pan out like that on his previous foray.
‘Last time that caught us out, and I think we are a bit wiser this time,’ he said.
‘It’s making sure we are absolutely prepared for any scenario out there, and absolutely ready for that first game, whatever they do throw at us.’
Root’s side begin their final warm-up match, a four-day game against a Cricket Australia XI, on Wednesday in Townsville.