We will fight hard against Aussies, says Joe Root

Captain Joe Root says England have the opportunity to stand up in adversity amid their Ashes defeat and Covid complications. England are 3-0 down going into the fourth Test in Sydney. Head coach Chris Silverwood is one of a number of staff in isolation, while coaching reinforcements and net bowlers have been withdrawn because of Covid.

It has made things disjointed and challenging but it is a chance to come together, Root said. Along with Silverwood, pace bowling coach Jon Lewis, spin bowling coach Jeetan Patel and strength and conditioning coach Darren Veness are absent.

Former England one-day captain Adam Hollioake was due to link up with the squad to assist with coaching, but was ruled out after being deemed a Covid close contact. On Sunday, the tourists' training session was disrupted when a local net bowler was found to have tested positive, leading to all the net bowlers being withdrawn.