James Anderson smashes Joe Root to dressing room floor mid-way through captain's good luck message to rugby league team ahead of World Cup final

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Joe Root's good luck message to the England rugby league team ahead of the World Cup final was savagely interrupted by James Anderson.

The veteran bowler charged at his captain, smashing him to the ground with a big hit as he cried: 'Rip in lads! Get in.'

Fortunately the stunt was orchestrated to give Root a soft landing on a pile of pads in the dressing room.?

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Joe Root started out by sending a run of the mill good luck message to the rugby league team

Joe Root started out by sending a run of the mill good luck message to the rugby league team

He began by saying: 'Lads, just want to wish you all the very best of luck for the final on behalf of all the England cricket boys.?

'We're desperate to see you beat Australia in Australia. Very best of luck.'?

But Anderson cut the message short as he wrapped up the batsman, sending them both of them crashing to the floor.??

Australia head into the rugby league World Cup final as heavy favourites to retain their crown and overcame the English in the opening group game of the tournament.?

Root is suddenly smashed by James Anderson who comes hurtling into shot?

Root is suddenly smashed by James Anderson who comes hurtling into shot?

The veteran bowler yells 'Rip in! Get in' as he sends the captain crashing to the floor?

The veteran bowler yells 'Rip in! Get in' as he sends the captain crashing to the floor?

Root's side are also up against it opposing their antipodean counterparts, trailing 1-0 in the Ashes after a 10-wicket defeat in Brisbane.

The holders will view the second Test as a huge opportunity to get back on terms given the conditions with the pink ball are expected to suit England's bowlers.

And Trevor Bayliss's men would no doubt take great inspiration if Sam Burgess and Co could get one over on Australia in the final ahead of their day-night game in Adelaide.

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