Root better prepared for Ashes

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England captain Joe Root insists there will be no repeat of him being "caught cold" during the Ashes in Australia.

Root struggled during the 2013-14 campaign, making just 192 runs at an average of 27.42 as he was dropped for the fifth Test of England's 5-0 series defeat.

But the 26-year-old, who replaced Alastair Cook as Test captain last month, said he now knew what to expect heading to Australia.

"I won't be caught cold. I know what to expect from what can be quite a hostile environment," Root said.

"That first Test match, when I walked out to bat, I think it did hit me quite hard.

"It was like I walked into a conservatory door, not aware at all that it was there."

Despite his struggles then, Root is one of the world's best batsmen, now averaging 52.80 in Tests.

He said his focus as skipper would remain on continuing his run-scoring form to lead his team.

"I've had a lot of people provide quite similar advice," Root said.

"But the one thing that's really stuck out is 'just make sure you look after your own game and concentrate on scoring as many runs as possible'.

"That might come across as quite selfish. But I think it's going to be very important for me, mentally as well, to put in the work and set the right example when the opportunities arise."