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  • December 2, 2017 2:59 pm IST
    Joe Root backs Jersey Moeen Ali to play
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    It was “fantastic” that Ben Stokes had the chance to play some cricket outdoors. And he had really enjoyed his time in Adelaide in the Darren Lehmann Academy as a 19-year-old.
    But then the questions became a little trickier. There was the tacit invitation to become a whingeing Pom and no one over here likes one of them. Any criticism of the home side tends to be regarded as a whinge if the Australian team happens to be giving their opposition a damn good hiding, which was the case in Brisbane. It was an invitation that the soft-spoken Root managed to decline.
    So when he was asked about the prospect of another bouncer barrage for his tailenders, Root avoided the incendiary word “unsportsmanlike” that had the cables flying 85 years ago. Instead he said: “It’s Test cricket. You’ve got to expect traffic. They played to their strengths and you can’t knock that.”
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