Root ideally placed for Ashes opener

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England batsman Joe Root acknowledged the importance of Saturday's seven-wicket win over the Cricket Australia Invitational XI, ahead of next week's first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

England batsman Joe Root acknowledged the importance of Saturday's seven-wicket win over the Cricket Australia Invitational XI, ahead of next week's first Ashes Test in Brisbane.

Root and fellow half-centurions Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen afforded the visitors a formidable 418 all out at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Seamers Steven Finn, Stuart Broad and Boyd Rankin and spinner Graeme Swann, meanwhile, orchestrated breakthroughs consistently – before a closing half-ton from the left-handed Michael Carberry sealed the result.

"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," Root told <i>Sky Sports</i>.

"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."

Formerly an opening batsman, Root has filtered down the order in order to accommodate Carberry at the helm. This combination is highly likely to continue, come the opening Test at the Gabba.

"I've just enjoyed playing for England. 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," added Root.

"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."

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