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The Ashes: Joe Root looking forward to facing David Warner in Australia

Root looking to build confidence

Joe Root: Looking forward to facing David Warner

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England opener Joe Root is looking forward to renewing battle with Australia's David Warner in the Ashes series.

The Yorkshire star was on the wrong end of a punch from Warner in the build-up to the Ashes in a Birmingham nightclub.

Root's first Ashes series was a mixed bag - he hit a brilliant 180 at Lord's but otherwise struggled to make an impact.

Warner too struggled for form but he is being tipped to play in the forthcoming series. He is in the form of his life, and smashed an Australian record of 197 in a domestic limited-overs match for New South Wales.

"It's good to see him in the runs and hopefully we can have some good battles on the field this time."

Root on Warner

"It's good to see him in the runs and hopefully we can have some good battles on the field this time," Root told the Daily Telegraph.

Contribution

The 22-year-old knows he and the rest of the top order must contribute more to the upcoming series Down Under.

"Australia bowled very well at our top order last summer," Root said. "It wasn't just me - all three of us at the top didn't score the runs we would have liked. I think they tried to bowl slightly fuller at me.

"It will be interesting to see how they attack me this series. I want to improve and get through that new ball and keep scoring big runs.

"I'll just make sure I'm prepared for everything going into that first Test."

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