Joe Root warns England teammates about hostile, aggressive and offensive Aussie crowds

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The English can expect a tough summer from the Aussie
crowd.

THE Ashes may be more than three months away but
England captain Joe Root is already preparing his fresh-faced
squad for a barrage of verbals from Aussie cricket
fans.

For the likes of Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan, Toby
Roland-Jones and Mason Crane, the next few weeks represent a
golden chance to seal a maiden Ashes trip; for Root, just four
games into his captaincy, it is an opportunity to prepare those
recent arrivals for the challenges awaiting them. And Root
still remembers how the banter from the crowd affected him in
2013/14 when he made his first trip to Australia.

The English can expect a tough summer from the Aussie crowd.

The English can expect a tough
summer from the Aussie crowd.
Source:Supplied

“I think it’s important to warn them,” Root said.

“You don’t want to go out there and it just hit you like a
train. You want to make sure you’re fully aware of what’s
coming your way.

“I was slightly surprised. I thought they might give us a bit
of banter but it was a bit more than that.

“There were a few chants from the crowd that were quite
personal at times, quite offensive. A lot of our side was
similar to the one which went and won (in 2010/11). They all
said it was an amazing tour, they had a great time. My
experience was different, it was very hostile … quite
aggressive at times on and off the field.

“The thing to remember, even if it doesn’t seem it at the time,
is it’s generally in good spirit and they’re just trying to
create an atmosphere for their side.”

The Australian's give Joe Root a send off after his review was not successful during the third Ashes Test of the 2013/14 series. Picture: Phil Hillyard

The Australian’s give Joe Root
a send off after his review was not successful during the
third Ashes Test of the 2013/14 series. Picture: Phil
Hillyard
Source:News Limited

Root is a different player and a different man to the one who
was scorched by the heat of battle four years ago.

With the bat he has averaged 59.42 since being stood down for
the Sydney Test, making 10 of his 12 career hundreds, and
graduated to the top job in English cricket this summer with a
calm sense of inevitability.

With all that in mind he is happy to take his share of slings
and arrows this time around, if there are any to spare once the
crowd are finishing with their old sparring partner Stuart
Broad.

Stuart Broad gets worked over by the crowd during the 2013/14 Ashes Test from the Gabba in Brisbane. Picture: Adam Head

Stuart Broad gets worked over
by the crowd during the 2013/14 Ashes Test from the Gabba
in Brisbane. Picture: Adam Head
Source:News Limited

“We all like a pantomime villain,” Root said.

“Certain characters like Stuart thrive on that, so hopefully
they pick a good villain who enjoys it and it works to our
advantage.

“I think it’s part and parcel of being a senior player and more
established in the side. You take that responsibility. You
can’t choose who they pick on but it’s a challenge Test cricket
throws up on occasion.”

Originally published as
Root: Aussie crowd hits you like a train

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