England captain Joe Root is set to return to No.3 in the batting order in the 1st Ashes Test. Root approached England coach Trevor Bayliss and informed that he desires to bat at No.3 after the win against Ireland last week.
England were bowled out for a mere 85 runs in the 1st innings of the one-off Test at Lord’s against Ireland. Root, who averages 40.47 in 40 Test innings with two centuries at No.3, offered to bat in top 3 to solve England’s top-order crisis.
This means that Jason Roy and Rory Burns will open the innings, with Root coming at No.3 and Joe Denly at No.4 against Australia in the 1st Test at Edgbaston.
England have used four players at No 3 after Root in seven Tests with none able to hold down the position. Earlier, Joe Root had stipulated his teammates to ride on the wave of their World Cup triumph for the looming Ashes series.
Hosts England had clinched their maiden World Cup title when they beat New Zealand side on boundary count after a tied Super Over in a dramatic final on July 14.
Australia will play against England in the first Ashes at Edgbaston on August 1. Steve Waugh was the last Australian captain to lead them to Ashes glory in England, back in 2001.
Whereas hosts England are heading into the Ashes as the overwhelming favourites. The players are riding high on confidence after their maiden World Cup win earlier this month as well.
Australia’s 17-Man Squad: Tim Paine (C & WK), Cameron Bancroft, Patrick Cummins, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Peter Siddle, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner
England 14-man squad for 1st Ashes Test: Joe Root ©, Ben Stokes (VC), Jason Roy, Joe Denly, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Joe Denly, Rory Burns, Moeen Ali, Olly Stone, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Sam Curran