Joe Root unfazed by Nathan Lyon's comments ahead of the Ashes

England skipper Joe Root

Knight was named player of the series, one her team began unconvincingly as they lost the chance to win the Ashes, and she told BT Sport: 'I didn't start the T20 series how I wanted, but to finish like that and play second fiddle to Danni was brilliant.

They were beaten 5-0 on their last tour of Australia in 2013-14.

But Root said his squad are more baffled than intimidated by the pre-match "sledging". James Vince has been recalled to bat at three after playing seven matches in 2016. When they go out there to captain, they've got some exciting, funky sort of stuff that they do with their fields, and chopping and changing with bowlers.

In fact Mooney's ton in the match, which was notched up remarkably fast off of just 70 balls, makes her the second-ever Australian women's player to post 100 runs in an global T20 match.

"It is a bit freakish", said Root.

"It will be quite hostile and potentially slightly intimidating but it shouldn't scare us".

Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson wreaked havoc when England last toured Down Under but dwelling on something that happened four years ago is meaningless, former visiting captain Alastair Cook said on Tuesday.

"We've won four of the last five Ashes series". It's a completely different bowling attack, those guys - Cummins, Starc and Josh Hazelwood - I don't think have played an Ashes series in Australia themselves.

Lyon has spoken of wanting to end the careers of some of the England players by winning this series, but Prior has warned him to be careful what he wishes for. The eight that took place beforehand were all won by Australia.

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Four years on, only three players remain for the hosts - Lyon, captain Steve Smith and opening batsman David Warner.

Lyon has made some contentious remarks in the build-up to the first Test, which gets underway on Thursday in Brisbane, expressing his hope that Australia will inflict such a heavy defeat on England that they will "end the careers" of some of the tourists.

Root was once a team-mate of Lyon at Adelaide club Prospect.

"One thing Australia did well last time was talking up certain things and they delivered".

"You want to try and make sure they are prepared and know what to expect".

The all-rounder is in the United Kingdom awaiting the outcome of a police investigation and has been made unavailable to play for England until further notice.

"So of course you want to harness those experiences and make sure you don't fall into a similar trap".

"He is a big presence and brings a lot to the table".


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