Root relishing Warner battle
England opener Joe Root is looking forward to renewing his battle with David Warner.
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The Yorkshireman was in the headlines over the summer when he was on the wrong end of a punch from Warner in the build-up to the Ashes.
Warner struggled with the bat in England but has since hit a good vein of form and hit a record 197 in a one-day game for New South Wales.
"It's good to see him in the runs and hopefully we can have some good battles on the field this time," Root told the Daily Telegraph.
Root's made a big contribution to England's summer Ashes win with his 180 at Lord's, but other than that his bat remained quiet.
The 22-year-old knows he and the rest of the top order must contribute more to the upcoming series Down Under.
"Australia bowled very well at our top order last summer," Root said. "It wasn't just me - all three of us at the top didn't score the runs we would have liked. I think they tried to bowl slightly fuller at me.
"It will be interesting to see how they attack me this series. I want to improve and get through that new ball and keep scoring big runs.
"I'll just make sure I'm prepared for everything going into that first Test."