England batsman Jonathan Trott wants to remain at number three in the order

Last Updated: 22/10/12 2:58pm

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Jonathan Trott sees his future at number three in England's batting order and not as a replacement opener for Andrew Strauss.

With Strauss retired, one option is for Trott to step up a place and open alongside new captain Alastair Cook on the tour of India this winter.

But the Warwickshire batsman, who averages 50.49 in 34 Tests, has played the majority of his England career at first drop and is keen to remain there.

He told Sky Sports News: "I've enjoyed batting number three in my career, since my second Test match when I was put in that position... I feel like I've done a pretty good job there.

"If asked to open I'd have to - or I'd like to - do what the team want me to."
Jonathan Trott

"But, if asked to open I'd have to - or I'd like to - do what the team want me to.

"Number three is my preference but we'll just have to wait and see. I don't think it will come to that."

Trott also welcomed Kevin Pietersen's return to the fold after Pietersen settled his differences with team-mates and management and was added to England's India tour squad.

"Kevin is a world-class player and if you want to be a successful team you need your best players playing," said Trott.

"As long as everything has been straightened out between Kevin, the ECB and the management squad then hopefully everything can be laid to bed - and I think everything has been.

"We had our meetings with him, I think that's been widely reported, and everything went pretty smoothly. I've never really had any problem with Kev, I've always enjoyed playing with him and it's time to get back playing some good cricket."

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