Root returns to Adelaide wiser, stronger

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England batsman Joe Root is eager to capitalise on the insight and knowledge gained during a stint of club cricket in Adelaide, when the second Ashes Test gets underway on Thursday.

England batsman Joe Root is eager to capitalise on the insight and knowledge gained during a stint of club cricket in Adelaide, when the second Ashes Test gets underway on Thursday.

Root, who is likely to bat at three in the order in the wake of the right-handed Jonathan Trott's departure due to a stress-related illness, worked alongside current Australian coach Darren Lehmann several seasons ago.

"Three years ago I came out here for the Darren Lehmann Academy and played club cricket for Prospect just up the road," said Root.

"It was great. I had five months here and I really enjoyed my time. I worked really hard on my game at the Adelaide Oval, which is where it was based, and the season after I ended up making my senior first-class debut.

"It was a really beneficial five months for me and I have a lot of fond memories. Playing outdoors for five months instead of being in an indoor facility, playing with other lads in a similar position to me, looking to make their way was beneficial for me in trying to better myself. It's really nice to be back.

"I played with Nathan Lyon, got to know him quite well, and it's quite interesting being on the opposite side now. I'm sure he is looking forward to it as well."

Trott's exit has put the uncapped Ben Stokes and Gary Ballance and the inexperienced Jonny Bairstow in contention for a berth in the XI. Root, however, is the firm favourite to arrive at the crease at first-drop.

"It doesn't really matter to me," he added. "I just love playing for England, you've heard me say that before, regardless of where. Three, five, six or opening it's been brilliant.

"If I get the chance to do it, it will be a great experience and a good challenge for me, and I look forward to doing it. When you go out there, you go in a number of situations and it's just making sure you are well equipped to deal with them.

"I'll be making sure I prepare well over the next couple of days and going in feeling comfortable and confident. This is a great opportunity to go out there and make a statement as a team and put massive scores on the board."

The hosts lead the five-match series on the back of a 381-run triumph inside four days at the Gabba in Brisbane, where fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was named Man of the Match on the back of prolific figures of nine for 103.

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