Ashes Series: All-rounder Woakes has no doubts about England captain Root

Mitchell Starc will not play for Australia in the fourth Ashes Test match in Melbourne

Mitchell Starc will not play for Australia in the fourth Ashes Test match in Melbourne

The last time England were swept in Australia was in 2013-14.

Starc was ruled out of the fourth Test on Sunday and, in endorsing right-arm bowler Bird, responded to Anderson.

Beset by off-field problems and finding Australia too hot to handle on the park, it has been a tour to forget so far for Joe Root-captained visitors.

Root has been in the eye of the storm over the tourists' underwhelming efforts, with former Australia captain Ricky Ponting deriding him as a "little boy" who has been a "bit soft" during the one-sided series.

Starc also took exception to recent debate about his side's short-pitched salvo at the opposition's tail, noting "our guys have copped enough bouncers and we haven't whinged". "I've always thought I could play at this level‚" he says.

Flinders Street is a busy junction in the city centre and less than two kilometres from the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is scheduled to host the Boxing Day Ashes Test five days from now.

This year's Ashes has been a tour from hell for Joe Root's beleaguered team, succumbing to three heavy defeats which rendered the last two Tests in Melbourne and Sydney "dead rubbers".

He said Anderson's comments that Australia's attack outside of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins was weak were "irrelevant" because the "damage has sort of been done".

"They've got bigger things to worry about than the depth of Australia's fast bowlers".

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"I've just got to keep on backing it and I'm pretty confident I'll make runs if selected".

"I'm really happy for Jackson to get a go", he said.

'You need to be more than that as a leader, especially when things aren't going well.

The Australian captain averages 62.32 in Test cricket with a famously unique batting set-up, and has been a cut above England this summer (426 at 142).

The final day of the third Ashes Test saw James Anderson cop a Pat Cummins bouncer right on his helmet, which left him dazed for almost five minutes.

"They have been completely blown away".

"I was doing the exact same thing a year ago, but I was making runs so my technique was OK then", he said on Friday, referring to his first summer in the Australian team when he averaged 99.75 across four Tests. "I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do to the English batters in this Test".

"Hopefully this gets them up and going and they fire some barbs at us".

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