Australia bowlers will keep the heat on England's Joe Root in Ashes

Justin Langer insists his Aussie bowlers will keep the heat on ‘world-class’ Joe Root as England skipper seeks his first Test century Down Under

  • Justin Langer said his bowlers plan to keep the pressure on England’s Joe Root  
  • The skipper made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide as he seeks three figures
  • And Langer is determined ‘brilliant’ Root won’t break the sequence at Melbourne

Justin Langer said his bowlers plan to keep the pressure on Joe Root, as the England captain continues to search for his first Test century in Australia.

Root made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide – the seventh and eight times he has failed to convert a fifty into three figures in this country. 

And Langer is determined he won’t break the sequence at Melbourne, where victory will secure the Ashes for Australia with two Tests to go.


Justin Langer (left) said his bowlers plan to keep pressure on England skipper Joe Root (right)

‘He is a brilliant player, no doubt about that,’ said Langer. 

‘We spend a lot of our time working out how to get on top of Joe, not only because he’s such a world-class player, but he’s also the captain of the opposition.

‘It’s always been a philosophy in the Australian cricket team to put as much pressure on the opposition as captain as possible.’

Overall, Root has made 745 Test runs in Australia at an average of 39, though seven of his eight fifties here have come in the last seven Tests, starting with Brisbane in 2017-18.

Langer added: ‘Joe Root is that tough, and we say he hasn’t necessarily got a really big 100 yet, but he’s been an excellent player this series already, so we’ll continue to do our homework on him and make sure, or hope, that we can keep having a good effect on him.’

Root made 89 at Brisbane and 62 at Adelaide as he searches for first Test century Down Under




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