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Ashes: Joe Root happy to be back in Adelaide and ready to fill No 3 role if asked

Root - It doesn't matter where I play

Joe Root: Had five great months learning his trade in Adelaide

Joe Root is happy to fill in wherever Andy Flower wants to put him in the England batting order as he looks forward to a second Test on 'home' soil in Adelaide later this week.

The Yorkshire batsman doesn't yet know what role he will have at the Adelaide Oval, possibly being brought up the order to replace Jonathan Trott at No 3 or moving up a spot to five if Ian Bell fills that berth.

Trott's departure will also open up a place further down the order with Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Ben Stokes in contention, the decision likely to come down to the overall balance of the team.

"It doesn't really matter to me," Root said. "I just love playing for England, you've heard me say that before, regardless of where. Three, five, six or opening it's been brilliant.

"If I get the chance to do it, it will be a great experience and a good challenge for me, and I look forward to doing it.

"When you go out there, you go in a number of situations and it's just making sure you are well equipped to deal with them. I'll be making sure I prepare well over the next couple of days and going in feeling comfortable and confident.

"This is a great opportunity to go out there and make a statement as a team and put massive scores on the board."


But wherever Root plays, he knows he will be in surroundings he is comfortable with after learning some of his trade in a winter spell in South Australia, ironically under the gaze of the man who is now Australia's coach.

Root said: "Three years ago I came out here for the Darren Lehmann Academy and played club cricket for Prospect just up the road.

"It was great. I had five months here and I really enjoyed my time. I worked really hard on my game at the Adelaide Oval which is where it was based, and the season after I ended up making my senior first-class debut.

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"It was a really beneficial five months for me and I have a lot of fond memories. Playing outdoors for five months instead of being in an indoor facility, playing with other lads in a similar position to me, looking to make their way was beneficial for me in trying to better myself. It's really nice to be back.

"I played with Nathan Lyon, got to know him quite well, and it's quite interesting being on the opposite side now. I'm sure he is looking forward to it as well."


Root had little to say on the current sledging debate that has dominated the early stages of the series, and he is sure he will stay calm under any pressure from the opposition bowlers and fielders.

He added: "It's Test cricket, that's all part of it. I quite enjoy being out there and being part of the battles that you get. It's all part of the game and something I am sure will continue right through the series.

"Everyone has got their own way of coping with it and we're generally very good at it as a side. I don't think there is too much point talking about it, just get on with your job and do it as best you can."

Who should bat at number three for England in Adelaide?

  • Ian Bell
  • Joe Root
  • Kevin Pietersen
  • Other