Root: What happened on '13-14 Ashes tour, stays on that tour

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"For us it's all part of pre-Ashes banter really, that's been round for years", Smith said.

England holds the Ashes after winning the 2015 series 3-2 at home, and has had the better of cricket's oldest high-profile bilateral contests in the last decade with four wins in the last five series.

The captain added that Warner had joked about batting like West Indies' Shivnarine Chanderpaul, famous for his idiosyncratic stance, in order to play a part.

"I would have loved for him to be out here because I know what a competitor he is". You have little niggles and he's confident that he'll be okay.

The Australians are relying on a pace attack of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins to do a similar job this time. "So I think he'll be all right".

Warner declared on Tuesday he would not be missing the first Test over a stiff neck, but much will depend on how he has responded to extensive physio treatment overnight and if he can pad up and bat in a crucial final hit-out.

Australia captain Steve Smith confirmed the news, but is hopeful Warner will be fit to play.

Beth Mooney raises her bat after smashing a 65-ball century in Canberra
Beth Mooney raises her bat after smashing a 65-ball century in Canberra

Australia captain Smith fronted the media in Brisbane afterwards and revealed selectors were considering a replacement player if Warner was unable to prove his fitness before day one on Thursday.

Smith and Root are firmly established as the star batsmen of their teams, with respective averages of 60 and 54 in Tests.

He said he wasn't really daunted by starting the series at a ground that has become a cauldron for the Australians, who haven't lost a test at the Gabba since 1988.

The gun game-breaker experienced a stiff neck earlier this year after he was struck by a bouncer at a training camp in Darwin, but there's no suggestion the two incidents are related. If we can start by opening up that crack, it's pretty crucial.

Lyon, who has taken 269 wickets in 69 Tests, made mention of the fact that the last time the English played an Ashes Down Under a young Root got dropped from the side after a run of poor scores.

"The three are very talented cricketers and they've done some good stuff for Australia in the past", Root said. "It could give us a lot of momentum going into the rest of it".

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