Ashes: Andrew Strauss backs Joe Root to make England opener's job his own
Last Updated: 28/06/13 3:07pm
Joe Root: Following in Andrew Strauss' footsteps
Joe Root will handle the pressure of opening England's batting in the Ashes, according to a man with first-hand experience of the job.
Andrew Strauss opened in four series against Australia, enjoying three Ashes successes in all and two as captain.
And the former skipper reckons Yorkshire's Root - in pole position to partner Alastair Cook after Nick Compton was left out of England's forthcoming warm-up against Essex - has the temperament to succeed.
"He's dealt with everything that's come his way, including that punch," Strauss said, referencing the punch thrown at Root by Australia's David Warner in a bar earlier this month.
"He looks very composed, looks entirely capable of making that job his own and I'm looking forward to watching him and Alastair Cook."
Strauss is confident England can make it a third successive series win against their fiercest rivals, a feat last achieved in 1981.
He said: "England are in relatively very good shape. The Aussies have been in turmoil over the last few weeks, sacking their coach and David Warner whacking an England player.
"England have gone about their business very quietly and have never had a better chance to win an Ashes series. The guys will be excited and I'm starting to get nervous."