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Joe Root contemplating batting at No. 3 in the Test series against Pakistan and India

Joe Root in action
Joe Root in action.
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England Captain Joe Root, who has persisted with batting at No. 4 for a long time, has finally budged and is willing to take more responsibility by batting at No. 3 in the Test series against Pakistan and India. The long standing wish of several cricket fans will be materialized when Joe Root will walk out to bat one down; the succeeding match being the Lord’s Test against Pakistan.

The last Test that England played – in April this year – against New Zealand saw James Vince batting at No 3. He did not do too badly though, scoring 18 and 76 in the two innings.

However, if we look at the bigger picture, the top 3 English batsmen - Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and James Vince – did not fare well if we look at the combined result of seven Tests in Australia and New Zealand. With Vince already dropped for the 1st Test against Pakistan, it is about time that Root promotes himself in the batting order and takes more responsibility.

"I think it's an opportunity for me to take on a bit more responsibility at the top of the order. I've had a year in the captaincy now and I feel I've gained enough experience to feel comfortable doing that," Root conceded.

England’s Head coach Trevor Bayliss has also not minced words as he has indicated many-a-times that Root being the lynchpin of the middle order should bat at one drop in the order.

Root has an average of 43.96 batting at the No. 3 spot as opposed to an average of over 50 at the No.4 slot. The England Captain has already scored 1275 runs at No.3 in 17 Tests.

After a meeting with National selector Ed Smith, Root said, "Ed's very clear how he wants to go about things and we made sure we didn't leave anything untalked about during that meeting. We left happy with the squad we had for this first Test. He spoke exceptionally well about how he wanted to do things moving forward so I'm very excited about that.

“I did bat at No. 3 for one game in New Zealand and it didn't work out there but this is a great opportunity to do it at home and it's a great opportunity moving forward so I'm really excited. Ultimately nothing will change about the way I go about my batting. I will look to have that hunger and desire to make really big runs. For me it was getting used to the role of captain and making sure I could separate the two and make sure my full focus was on my batting when it came around. I feel that I'm able to do that now and will go out to try to set the tone and score as many runs as I can from that position," Root signed off.

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