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Ashes: Joe Root insists England are full of confidence ahead of facing Australia

Root hails confident team

Joe Root: England full of confidence ahead of next week's first Ashes Test

England's Joe Root insists Andy Flower's men are full of confidence going into next week's first Ashes Test against Australia after beating a Cricket Australia Invitational XI.

The tourists completed a seven-wicket victory at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday and they will now head to Brisbane to continue their Ashes preparations.

Root contributed 75 runs in England's first innings although he was not required in their second as Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell shared an unbroken 50-run stand to help reach their winning target of 148.

"Obviously it's great to get in a good performance this week. Good to see a lot of the lads put in strong performances and taking a lot of confidence forward to next week," he told Sky Sports.

"Everyone has really contributed and that's really pleasing. There will be a lot of positives to take forward to next week and hopefully we can take the momentum from this win into that.

"It's very exciting now, obviously getting the warm-up games out of the way. We've prepared very well. We've got a very important few days ahead of us. I think the mood is very good in the camp and we're really looking forward to the whole series really."

Mental preparations

Root has dropped down to number six in England's batting order after opening the batting in the summer Ashes series on home soil.

The Yorkshire batsman has no qualms with the change, insisting the mental preparations are the same and that he is just happy playing.

"Everyone has really contributed and that's really pleasing. There will be a lot of positives to take forward to next week and hopefully we can take the momentum from this win into that."

Joe Root

"I've just enjoyed playing for England," he continued. "I've tried to make the most of my opportunities, score some runs and make sure I'm in good form and that my game's in good order going into next week.

"The fundamentals are the same. You still prepare pretty similarly apart from you get to sit down and put your feet up for a while before you put your pads on. That's the only real difference. I'm looking forward to the series."

Root took a knock to his finger in this week's warm-up match, however, he is fine and available to face Australia next week as it is not an injury that would prevent him from featuring.

"It's alright. It's a recurring injury, but I played through it all last summer so everything should be fine going into next week," he added.

"You get them a lot playing cricket. I just need to be careful with it."

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Who will win the first Ashes Test of the 2013/14 series

  • England
  • Australia
  • Draw