Ahead of the 1st Test between England and Pakistan starting on Thursday Stan James are asking who will bat at numbers 3, 4 and 5 in the 1st Ashes Test between England and Australia in Brisbane in November.
Cricket betting spokesman at Stan James Charlie McCann said: "All things being equal it would be a major surprise if Alastair Cook and Andrew Strauss didn't open the innings in Brisbane but who will bat 3, 4, and 5 and in what order? We think Kevin Pietersen will bat at 4 but will Jonathan Trott or Ian Bell bat at three? Can Ravi Bopara force his way into the side at five in place of Paul Collingwood whose place would surely come under scrutiny if he has a moderate series against Pakistan?"
Ashes 2010/11 ~ To Bat 3, 4 and 5 in correct order for England in the 1st innings of the 1st Test v Australia in Brisbane:
7-4 Trott, Pietersen, Collingwood
5 Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood
8 Pietersen, Collingwood, Bell
8 Trott, Pietersen, Bell
10 Trott, Pietersen, Bopara
12 Bell, Pietersen, Bopara
Others on request.