Ahead of England’s home test series against the visiting Sri Lankans, England skipper, Alastair Cook admitted that Joe Root would continue to bat at his desired number 4 position. Root, who averages a staggering 54.62 at 4, is expected to be England’s spine in the middle order against Sri Lanka.
Another reason for having in Root at number 4 is that he can potentially replicate the success of Ian Bell, who currently strives hard in the county circuit in order to make a comeback to the national team. With Root in the middle, there is bound to be a lot of stability for England.
At an event, skipper Alastair Cook confirmed that Root would continue batting at 4. “Joe has made it perfectly clear where he wants to bat,” Cook said. “He’s been outstanding for us and probably at this time he’ll stick at four. I know Trevor has spoken about him going to three but maybe that will see that a bit later on. But when you’re scoring like him and averaging 60 from No. 4, I think it’s probably quite good to stick there.”
When Cook was quizzed where England’s ultimate lay, Cook clearly stated that winning tests overseas was the priority. Cook cited winning in Australia, South Africa, and India as the biggest achievements. “For this side to step forward, challenge India away, Australia away, get back up to No. 1 ranking, we need to score runs in the top three, more than we have done in the last couple of years. It’s an opportunity, whether it’s Alex, or someone else, to grab hold of,” said Cook.