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England will use Australia antics as Ashes motivation, says Joe Root

• England irked by sledging and Steve Smith laughter after loss in Ashes opener
• ‘If that’s not motivation to the players I don’t know what is,’ says Root

Joe Root’s England players intend to use the image of Steve Smith laughing at them after Brisbane as a source of extra motivation when they look to level the Ashes series in the historic day-night second Test that starts on Saturday.

Root was irked at how Australia had used Jonny Bairstow’s curious head‑butt incident to their advantage at the end of the 10-wicket defeat, through their on-field sledging, a local media storm and the Cameron Bancroft press conference that left his captain, Smith, in slightly overblown hysterics.

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