Ashes 2017: Joe Root warns teammates about hostile, offensive Australian crowds
The Joe Root led England side will travel down south to Australia and with over three months left for the highly anticipated Ashes Test series, the England skipper has warned his teammates to be wary of the Australian crowds and be prepared for some verbal battles with them. Root who recently took on the skipper's role defeated South Africa to clinch the Test Series 3-1. The Three Lions will look to continue this form against hungry Australian cricketers who haven't had a taste of the sport since the ICC Champions Trophy because of the pay-dispute.
Root has only experienced one previous Ashes tour when England were hammered 0-5 in 2013-14.
And ahead of the upcoming series, the England skipper has warned his players to expect a hostile reception in Australia.
"I think so, it's part and parcel of being a senior player and more established in the side," said Root as media reports suggest.
"You take that responsibility. You can't choose who they pick on but it's a challenge Test cricket throws up on occasion. If you're going to survive in it you have to find a way to deal with it," added Root.
For the likes of Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones and Mason Crane, the next few weeks represents a golden chance to seal a maiden Ashes trip. The Yorkshireman is aware that he will have to warn those who have not experienced an away Ashes series before.
"I think it's important too. You want to make sure you're fully aware of what's coming your way," he said.
"Last time there were a few chants from the crowd that were quite personal at times. Quite offensive. I was slightly surprised. I thought they might give us a bit of banter but it was a bit more than that," he added.
Root, who will probably be England's batting mainstay in the Ashes, further pointed out that Aussie cricket fans are very passionate about cricket and are desperate to win.
"When you get a full house and it's rocking and the crowd are involved it makes a very entertaining spectacle to watch and also to play in," he said.
"You do get a hard time but when you win it's that bit more enjoyable. Our challenge is to experience that and not let it faze us and hopefully come back with that little urn," he added.
(With ANI Inputs).