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Root moves up the order for Ashes opener

30th July 2019, 15:06 by Tom McGarry

Joe Denly has revealed that England captain Joe Root will bat at No 3 during the opening Ashes Test against Australia this week.

Root has traditionally preferred to bat at No 4 but will move up at Edgbaston following England's struggles at the top of the order during last week's 143-run win in the one-off Test against Ireland.

Rory Burns and Jason Roy are expected to retain their places as the opening batsmen, with Root's rise up the order meaning Denly will bat at No 4, something he has experience of doing in county cricket with Kent.

"Root will bat at three and I'll be batting at four. He rang me the other day and told me," Denly confirmed. "I think Rooty just wanted to get involved in the game, get up there and get out in the middle.

"I'm very excited. I wasn't too fussed where I'd be batting, it's just great to be in the XI. I've batted at four before for Kent and throughout my career, so it really wasn't a big issue."

Root has previous experience at batting at No 3 although in his 40 innings in that position he has only made two centuries at an average of 40.5, while at No 4 he has fared better, with an average of 48 from 60 innings.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.

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