[caption id="attachment_655360" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-655360" alt="Joe Root could only score 192 runs in the four Ashes Tests he played in 2013-14 Getty Images (File Photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Joe-Root-GI.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Joe Root could only score 192 runs in the four Ashes Tests he played in 2013-14 Getty Images (File Photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>As the build-up to the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Ashes" target="_blank">Ashes</a> 2017-18 gets heated up with each passing day, the time has come for <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/England" target="_blank">England</a> to travel Down Under and begin their preparations for most important series of their international calendar. Meanwhile, Test skipper <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Joe-Root" target="_blank">Joe Root</a> has expressed his desire to go out onto the middle and perform against the hosts <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/australia" target="_blank">Australia</a>, in order to aveneg the poor performance during his maiden Ashes tour Down Under. Root could only score 192 runs in the four Tests he played, at a mere average of 27, which led to him being dropped form the final Test at Sydney during the 2013-14 tour. <strong><a title="Root dismisses Warner's comparison to Ashes 2017-18 as 'war'" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/joe-root-dismisses-david-warners-comparison-to-ashes-2017-18-as-war-655339">Root dismisses Warner's comparison to Ashes 2017-18 as 'war'</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p><strong>On his mentality ahead of Ashes 2017-18:</strong> "You don t [think about becoming captain] as a 22-year-old lad being left out for the first time. All you want to do is go back to your county or your next opportunity to play, and prove everyone wrong. Thankfully I did that," the 26-year-old Yorkshireman added ahead of his first tour as England captain. That drive is still there within me, and I'm desperate to go out there and have a better tour than last time I was there," said Root, as reported by <em>AFP</em>. <p></p> <p></p><strong>On if England could be "cooped up":</strong> At no point did we say they would be. That would be a negative way to go about touring a great country. It's really important to enjoy the downtime we do get and enjoy the whole nature of touring Australia the atmosphere of the grounds, the nature of the people around the grounds and when you go out for food the banter that might be flying around and embrace it. <strong><a title="Ashes 2017-18: ENG have players capable of doing something really special without Stokes, insists Root" href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/ashes-2017-18-england-have-players-capable-of-doing-something-really-special-without-ben-stokes-insists-joe-root-655315">Ashes 2017-18: ENG have players capable of doing something really special without Stokes, insists Root</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>You don't get many opportunities to go and play in an Ashes series in Australia, and it is something you want to look back on and say you approached it in the right way and gave yourself the best chance to be successful and hopefully come away with some fantastic memories. <p></p> <p></p><strong>On Ben Stokes's chances and if he felt let down by the incident:</strong> I think we've got to plan as if he's not going to be there for the whole series. That's between me and Ben, being brutally honest. It is disappointing that he's not going to be on the trip, but you have to move on and move forward as a team. Ben offers a lot to the team, but it's an opportunity for other guys to stand up in a difficult situation. A lot of the time people do surprise themselves and surprise you, and are capable of more than what they might even think themselves. This is one of those occasions.