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Ashes: Ian Bell or Joe Root will bat at No 3 for the second Ashes Test

Graham Gooch says he expects whoever bats at number three in Adelaide to do England proud.

Joe Root or Ian Bell will bat at No 3 in the order for England

England batting coach Graham Gooch has admitted that it is between Joe Root and Ian Bell to replace Jonathan Trott at No 3 in the second Ashes Test against Australia.

With Trott returning home due to a stress-related illness, England have been forced into at least one change as they look to level the series.

And Gooch claims Bell, who has been coming in at five, and Root, who dropped down to No 6 for the first Test after previously opening the batting, are the two contenders to replace Trott in the order.

"Whoever moves up to number three, and it's probably fair to say that Joe Root and Ian Bell are the two candidates, I'm sure they'll stand up for England, that's what they've got to do," Gooch said.

"I'm not a believer (that) you've got to be very careful about looking after people in what number they bat.

"If you're asked to bat three, four, five or six, whatever, you have to do that job."


England have added Tim Bresnan to their squad for the second Test after the Yorkshireman proved his fitness playing for the Performance Programme.

Joe Root has said he will happily play any position in the batting order for England.

Bresnan had not played competitive cricket since the fourth Test of the summer's Ashes series due to a stress fracture in his back.

However he scored 57 not out and took 4-31 in the first innings during the drawn match with a Queensland XI and is now vying for a place in the Test team.

England lost the first Ashes Test at the Gabba by 381 runs with the tourists targeted with taunts throughout the encounter.

Australia captain Michael Clarke was subsequently fined after he was heard on a stump microphone telling James Anderson to expect a broken arm, while he was not alone in unsettling the England squad.

And although the attention will be very much on the verbal exchanges in the second Test, Gooch has no doubts that England will be subjected to more goading in Adelaide.

Ryan Harris says he hopes Ian Bell is chosen to bat at number three so he can bowl him out earlier.

However Gooch, a former England skipper, claims that if a player is being sledged then it is because they are doing well.

"If someone comes with sledging, people deal with it in different ways," said Gooch.

"Some people it motivates, makes them play better, more determined. Some people it can unsettle. But generally sledging is about getting you to play the man and not the ball, get your focus off the ball.

"Players I've seen who've dealt with it best either smile at the opposition or take it as a compliment. Generally if you get sledged, you're doing okay."


As well as struggling with the sledging, England also failed to cope with aggressive bowling of Mitchell Johnson.

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However Gooch insists England will be ready for whatever the Australia attack throw at them at the Adelaide Oval.

"He inconvenienced a few of our players (but) it would be a mistake, if you asked me, to just focus on one bowler," he said.

"They have four other very good Test bowlers ... so we have to be aware of all of them. Mitchell Johnson will be part of that and short bowling will be part of that.

"The crowd whipped it up a bit and we didn't handle the situation as well as we should have, so we've got to improve.

"We have a simple plan. Play better."

Watch the second Ashes Test between Australia and England from Adelaide - coverage starts on Wednesday at 11pm on Sky Sports 2 HD

Who should replace Jonathan Trott at first-drop in the England Test order?

  • Joe Root
  • Ian Bell
  • Kevin Pietersen
  • Jonny Bairstow
  • Gary Ballance
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