Alec Stewart: England should stick with top three for Ashes
Alec Stewart says Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott should be England's top three for the start of the Ashes
Alec Stewart has urged England to keep faith with their top three batsmen for the forthcoming Ashes series against Australia.
Alastair Cook, Nick Compton and Jonathan Trott have all come under scrutiny after recent slow starts to England innings.
With Yorkshire youngster Joe Root impressing at number five, there have been calls to bump the 22-year-old up the order.
But Stewart believes Cook, Compton and Trott are a reliable top three and urged England not to tinker with their opening order.
“The rate of England’s scoring has come under scrutiny with some critics suggesting that a top three of Nick Compton, Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott is too one-paced and doesn’t put enough pressure on the opposition bowlers,” Stewart wrote in his column for BBC Sport.
“Although I can understand the debate, my view is that England have chosen a strong and reliable top three and should certainly stick with it for the start of the Ashes series.
“Cook and Trott have been outstanding for England and since Nick Compton has come into the side as former captain Andrew Strauss’s replacement, he has done enough in his short Test career to suggest to me that he has what it takes at this level but will also be fully aware that he needs a run of big scores to silence his doubters.”
England, who won the first Test against New Zealand by a 170 runs, face Australia in the opening match at Trent Bridge on 10 July.