14.11. - Cricket
England captain Joe Root says he is ready for whatever the Australians have to throw at him during the Ashes.
The Baggy Greens have traditionally gone after England's best player and spinner Nathan Lyon has openly admitted that the home bowlers will be paying extra attention to Root.
Glenn McGrath famously made a habit of expressing his plans ahead of the Ashes and never held back against the tourists.
Root says he knows what to expect from the Aussies in the opening Test next Thursday, but insists he does not expect to be intimidated by the onslaught.
"I've heard a lot of chat about targeting me, in particular," Root told BBC Sport. "We'll be targeting every single one of them - we won't be singling anyone out. Bring it on - it's what it's all about.
"There's been a lot of talk. Some of it is exciting and some of it is a load of rubbish, especially from some of the Aussie players.
"I try not to do too much talking. That's more for them to worry about. The more you say, the more it can backfire on you. We will go about things our way. Hopefully that's the right way."