London - England captain Joe Root suggested on Friday that Australia
skipper Steve Smith's laughter in the post-match press conference after the
first Ashes Test could be used as motivation for the tourists ahead of the
Smith was chuckling furiously sitting alongside teammate
Cameron Bancroft as he was explaining what transpired the night Jonny Bairstow
allegedly headbutted him in Perth more than a month ago.
The England camp were said to be disappointed that the
Australia skipper would take so much joy from an incident that embarrassed the
Speaking ahead of the second Test, starting in Adelaide on
Saturday, Root said the reaction could work in his team's favour but they will
not get involved in non-cricket related arguments.
The England skipper said: "To see a reaction like that
in a press conference is I mean if that can't get you up for the next game then
I don't know what can. If that's not motivation to the players, I don't know
"Hopefully that will work massively in our favour. I
know it's an Ashes series, there is a lot on the line and naturally you are
going to be motivated for every game but knowing the characters in our
dressing-room that will really give them a bit of something else to make sure
we put things right this week.
"I wouldn't say we're angry, it's more about how
respond to it and make sure we do it in our way and not get dragged in to doing
it in their way.
"It's not how we roll. It's not how we operate as a
team. I think it is very important we continue to play this tour in the manner
that we have gone about it so far and that we don't get involved in petty
disputes and arguments that are nothing to do with cricket."