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Captain of England, past and present meet up.

Michael Vaughan gives Joe Root some Ashes advice ahead of series Down Under

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With The Ashes Tests starting in just one week, captain of England past and present have met up for an important talk.

Michael Vaughan had some words for the current captain Joe Root, with the series getting underway in just under a week's time.

In an Ashes series that has been overshadowed by controversy in the aftermath of Ben Stokes' arrest, Michael Vaughan wanted to focus solely on how England should play in Australia during the tournament.

Vaughan knows what he is talking about after leading the England squad to an Ashes victory in 2005, so his advice is surely welcomed by Joe Root, who will be looking to emulate the former captain's success in this year's Ashes series.

"Don't be concerned about the crowd, just deliver your skills and the basics of the game and see where it takes you. If you do that, you've got a chance."

That was just one of the key messages Vaughan delivered to Root ahead of the series. 

In a probable hostile environment for the England players, the crowd may well give the players a hard time.

The 43-year-old ex-captain also said: "I would be making sure to convince the team that as hard as it is to play in the cauldron of Brisbane, there’s no point putting the fear of life into them.

"They should realise that it’s still 22 yards and a red ball. Those inexperienced batsmen should realise it’s still a human bowling a ball. Despite all the build-up, when you get out there try and slow it down and just stare at the ball.

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"Its going to be hostile, but its not going to surprise them.

"The build-up is going to be big, the home fans will completely write you off, but Australia are not a great team and they are beatable."

Even though England came out victorious in the 2015 Ashes series, this is different and Australia are favourites in their home country.

In a series that England will probably struggle in, hopefully Vaughan's advice pays dividends for England.

The first Test starts on November 23 in Brisbane. 

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