The last few months have been really good for England across all forms of the game. After a successful outing in the World T20, England now warm up for their home summer, where they play test series’ against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. England’s recent test form has been simply outstanding, as the series against South Africa away from home was their ultimate test, where they did really well to win by a margin of 2-1.
A major reason behind England’s success has been the form of Joe Root. Root has established himself as the most dependable batsman across all conditions for England. In South Africa as well, Root had a spectacular outing as he scored a wonderful ton and was among the runs. With England’s middle order set to be altered, Root could be promoted to number 3.
The right-hander admitted that he was ready to bat anywhere in the batting order. “I feel pretty settled at four but if they want to change things up we will have a discussion,” Root said. “I have not spoken to Trevor Bayliss about it and I will have to see. “I am happy at four and have had a good little run in there but we will have to wait and see what is best for the make-up of the side.”
All-rounder Ben Stokes felt that Root was at his best at number 4, and should continue batting at the same position. “His record at four and five has been incredible,” Stokes said. “I’d like him to stay at four because he’s been so successful there and it suits his pace of batting.”
Wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow too was eager for the test series and said that he wanted to establish himself as a full-time wicketkeeper. “I always knew it would be tough at first doing both at Test level,” he said. “Matt Prior went through it. “There is a period when you’re learning and trying to adapt and for that reason, there should be a bit of leeway. “I only had one bad game with the gloves in South Africa as far as I’m concerned. OK, I might drop a couple of chances here and there but that doesn’t make me a bad ‘keeper. It doesn’t mean I’m not trying to improve.”
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