Joe Root denies rift between Jimmy Anderson and England’s Ashes coaches

• Anderson suggested coaches could have helped bowlers more in Adelaide
• England unchanged at Waca but Jonny Bairstow will bat above Moeen Ali

Joe Root moved to quell suggestions of a rift between Jimmy Anderson and the coaching staff on the eve of his side’s crucial third Test with Australia after England’s attack leader appeared to question their input during last week’s defeat in Adelaide.

Speaking ahead of the final Ashes Test at the Waca – and before later naming an unchanged XI that sees Jonny Bairstow promoted to No6 ahead of Moeen Ali – Root fielded questions about a recent newspaper column from his vice-captain and senior bowler.

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