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Ashes: Australia bowlers will keep the heat on England's Joe Root

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Justin Langer insists his Aussie bowlers will keep the heat on ‘world-class’ Joe Root as England skipper seeks his first Test century Down Under

  • Justin Langer says his bowlers plan to keep the pressure on England’s Joe Root  
  • The skipper made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide as he seeks three figures
  • And Langer is determined ‘brilliant’ Root won’t break the sequence at Melbourne


Australia head coach Justin Langer said his bowlers plan to keep the pressure on Joe Root, as the England captain continues to search for his first Test century Down Under.

Root made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide – the seventh and eighth time he has failed to convert a fifty into three figures on Australian soil.

And Langer is determined that he won’t break the sequence at Melbourne, where victory will secure the Ashes for Australia with two Tests to go.

Australia coach Justin Langer

England captain Joe Root

Justin Langer (left) said his bowlers plan to keep pressure on England skipper Joe Root (right)

‘He is a brilliant player,’ said Langer. ‘We spend a lot of our time working out how to get on top of Joe, not only because he’s such a world-class player but he’s also the captain of the opposition.

‘It has always been a philosophy in the Australian cricket team to put as much pressure on their captain as possible.’

Overall, Root has made 745 Test runs in Australia at an average of 39, though seven of his eight fifties here have come in the last seven Tests, starting with Brisbane in 2017-18.

Root made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide as he searches for first Test century Down Under

Root made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide as he searches for first Test century Down Under

Langer added: ‘Joe Root is that tough, and we say he hasn’t necessarily got a really big 100 yet, but he’s been an excellent player this series already, so we’ll continue to do our homework on him and make sure, or hope, that we can keep having a good effect on him.’

Meanwhile, Dawid Malan has described Ashes tours as ‘brutal’.

Malan, who made 82 at Brisbane and 80 at Adelaide, and is England’s leading runscorer in the series, admitted: ‘It’s brutal and you have to be at your best to win out here. We haven’t been that so far.

‘The boys are hurting after our performances in the last two games. They realise that we have not been good enough across all facets of the game.’

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