Joe Root, the England captain”It’s a great opportunity for guys to stand up,” Root told reporters at the WACA on Friday (November 3). “When they do get a chance, they need to take it. It’s got to be a squad effort. We are going to have to play well as a squad and show a lot of character.
“There can’t be any selfish mentality out in the middle. It’s got to be about doing a job as a team and not worry about individual performances,” he added.
Australian players have been attempting to remind England of the haunting apparitions from 2013-14, where a shocked England were eviscerated 5-0, but Root dismissed the importance of that lopsided series.
“There has been a lot of talk about last time, but we are a completely different side and so are they,” he said. “Of course, they will try to bring up stuff like that but we’ve played since then and against them (in 2015 in England) which went quite well for us.”
“I don’t think it is too much else of an issue (not having a vice-captain),” he added. “It’s just about the person who does get the role knows that if I’m injured or off the field they are going to be in charge.”
“There has been a lot of talk… to be so close to playing cricket is really exciting,” he added.