Ashes 2013-14: It doesn’t matter where I bat, insists Joe Root

Ashes 2013-14: Joe Root insists he doesn't care where he bats for England ahead of the second Test, which starts Thursday

By Daniel Jolly
Joe Root
England batsman Joe Root Photo: The Sport Review

Joe Root has insisted that “it doesn’t matter” where he bats for England ahead of the second Ashes Test which starts on Thursday.

After Jonathan Trott departed the tour due to a long-standing stress-related illness, much of the build-up has focused on who will replace him at number three.

Root was one of the few batsmen who seemed to cope with the barrage from in-form Australia bowler Mitchell Johnson, but even he couldn’t prevent a heavy 381-run defeat in Brisbane.

Many selection issues will be discussed and decided before the opening day at Adelaide on Thursday, but Root says this won’t affect how he plays.

“It doesn’t matter to me, I just love playing for England. Regardless of whether I’m opening, three, five, six, it’s been brilliant,” Root said.

“If I get the chance to do it, it would be a great challenge for me – and I’d love to do it.

“I don’t think it makes much difference.

“When you go out there you can face a number of different situations, and it’s just making sure you’re well equipped to deal with them.”

Alastair Cook’s side will be uncharted territory ahead of the match as they find themselves behind in an Ashes test for the first time in seven years.

With the pressure well and truly on the tourists, the 22-year-old stressed the importance of this encounter.

“This match is massive, and it’s a great opportunity to go out there and make a statement as a team and put a big score on the board,” he added.

“We can’t think about last week; we have to think about this week – put ourselves in the front seat on that first day in Adelaide.”

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