England announced their 12-man squad for the first Test at Lord’s that begins May 24. James Vince was dropped from the squad which created a vacancy for the spot. Root, who has been batting at No.4, has put up his hands for one-down slot.
“I think it’s an opportunity for me to take on a bit more responsibility at the top of the order,” said Root at England’s 2018/19 kit launch event.
“I’ve had a year in the captaincy now and I feel I’ve gained enough experience to feel comfortable doing that.
“For me, it was getting used to the captaincy and making sure I could separate the two; that my full focus was on my batting when it came around. Ultimately, nothing will change the way I go about my batting. I will look to have that hunger and desire to make really big runs.”
England have not got a permanent No.3 batsman since Jonathan Trott’s retirement in 2013-14. The Three Lions tried with Gary Ballance, James Vince and Tom Westley, but all failed to do so.
Root has scored 1275 runs batting at No.3 at an average of 43.96 including two hundreds. His best score 254 against Pakistan came when he batted at this position.
Meanwhile, Jos Buttler has made a return to the Test squad. He will be batting at No.7 as a specialist batsman.
“It is really important Jos does not put too much pressure on himself,” said Root. “It is about expressing himself and finding consistency. It is exciting but it might take a bit of time to come right. If he bats for any period of time, especially the way he’s played recently, it’s going to be very exciting.”
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com