Daily Mail UK – If Joe Root doesn’t want to bat at No3 in Australia, he shouldn’t have to.
- If Joe Root doesn’t want to bat at No3 in Australia, he shouldn’t have to.
- But the big difference between conditions in England and Australia, especially if you come in early while the Kookaburra is still swinging, is the bounce.
- Root would have to do the same if he came in early — and, let’s face it, the way England’s top order have batted over the last couple of years there’s every chance he’d be in early if he was at No3.
- Moving Root up a place isn’t going to solve the problems England have elsewhere, with the likes of Tom Westley and Dawid Malan struggling to impose themselves on Test cricket.
- If Root had faith in the top order, then I could see the argument for moving him up a place — after all, he scored 254 from No3 against Pakistan last summer.