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I like to get into a battle, says Root

Adelaide: Thrown into Jonathan Trott’s vacant No. 3 position, Joe Root led from the front to restore some pride for a wounded England on day four of the second Ashes Test on Sunday, savouring a war of words with Australia’s frustrated fielders.

“Everyone watching and playing knew that we were in a battle and we weren’t going to lie down and we were going to show a lot of fight and a lot of courage and be there at the end of the day,” Root said.

Root played valiantly for his 87. During his 194-ball innings, he faced continuous sledging. “You want to play hard cricket and it’s Ashes cricket. You’d expect that,” he said of the sledging.

“You’d be disappointed if there wasn’t a bit of rivalry and I think it makes entertaining cricket to watch and it’s certainly good to be involved in that out there in the middle.

“You know you’re in a battle and have got to front up and fight for your country. I think they’re just trying to get under my skin. I’d expect any team to do that, not just Australia. It’s good confrontation. I like to get in a battle with opposition.”