Joe Root ready to prove critics wrong as England land in Australia for Ashes

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England will experience more hostile days than their first on this Ashes tour, with their arrival on Australian soil low-key and almost friendly. The camera crews turned out in force to prevent them slinking too quietly through Perth airport but there was just as much interest in a young couple who got engaged at the arrivals gate as the cricket team that emerged shortly after.

Joe Root, the first-time Ashes captain who led the team off the plane, will receive tougher grillings from the media and fans, too. “We are very confident we can win,” the Yorkshireman told the local press, stressing: “We are a completely different side from the one that was here last time.” In 2013-14, of course, England lost 5-0.

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