Ben Stokes discloses Test strategy about Root

Ben Stokes discloses Test strategy about Root

Ben Stokes discloses Test strategy about Root
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During the next Test series against New Zealand, England captain Ben Stokes has announced that standout batsman and former skipper Joe Root will bat at number four.

Root batted at number three during England’s most recent Test series in the Caribbean against West Indies, although he has considerably better record for his country while batting second.

When batting at number four, the former England captain has an excellent average of 51.27, over 12 runs higher than when batting at three (39.67).

Root scored two hundreds while batting at three in his final Test series as captain against West Indies, but Stokes believes the 31-year-old should revert to his natural position of four.

With only one Test victory in the last 12 months, England is currently at the bottom of the World Test Championship standings and will need Root to be on fire if they are to get ahead of the competition.

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Stokes intends to bat at No. 6 and is hoping that prospective players with aspirations to bat in England’s recently frail top and middle orders will provide him with plenty to think about by scoring a large number of runs at county level ahead of the first Test of the summer against the Kiwis at Lord’s on June 2.

“I’ve already had a conversation with Joe.”

“I’ve asked him to return to four, and I’ll be at six,” Stokes explained.

“Joe gets runs wherever he hits, but his best position is at four. Joe will most likely be averaging 90 now rather than 60 in 2021.”

“I think him being four and me being six provides us some experience in that gap. So you can see where the spots are opening up for folks to put their hands up, which are three and five.”

“Instead of only checking the Durham score, I now feel I need to follow a lot more county games to see who is scoring runs.”

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England bowling line-up for the first Test next month is still unknown, with Stokes unlikely to have a complete selection of seamers to pick from due to injuries.

Jofra Archer and Mark Wood, two well-known speedsters, are still out, while left-armer Sam Curran only recently returned from injury for his county team.

The New England captain has already stated that veteran duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad will be called up, with the likes of Ollie Robinson and Chris Woakes also in the running to replace first-choice spinner Jack Leach.

“The players who aren’t available due to injury – (Mark) Wood, (Jofra) Archer, (Olly) Stone, (Sam) Curran – they’d all be competing for spots,” Stokes added.

“Then you throw them in with Broady, Jimmy, Robbo, Woakesy…so it’s thrilling to imagine the team we could field if no injuries occur.”

“Regrettably, we do. We simply need to select the best XI from the available options, which I will always ensure.”

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