As long as I play, I don’t mind where I bat, says Joe Root

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“Opening is something I have done all my career but representing England is the pinnacle for me and regardless of where that is in the line-up”

England batsman Joe Root has announced that as long as he gets to represent his country in the upcoming Ashes series against arch-rivals Australia, he does not mind where he bats.

Despite smashing a career-high 180 during the second Ashes Test at Lord’s in July, Root was only able to pass the half-century mark on one other occasion in the 10 innings he played against Australia.

The 22-year-old averaged 37.66 during the last Ashes series and is looking to do better during the second leg of the historic series, which gets underway on November 21 in Brisbane.

Former Australia spin king Shane Warne recently stated that Root should be demoted down the batting line-up in order to allow Michael Carberry to open the batting with captain Alastair Cook.

Responding to Warne’s comments, Root told Sky Sports: “I just love playing for England. I relish any opportunity to put the shirt on, put the cap on and go out and represent my country. I will try and do the best job possible whether I bat.

“It has been great opening the batting and I have enjoyed every minute of it but wherever I play, I will play and that is something I enjoy.

“Opening is something I have done all my career but representing England is the pinnacle for me and regardless of where that is in the line-up, playing is the main thing for me.”

Root was only able to score 36 in England’s first warm-up game against Western Australia, however he is looking to make up for his failure during the second warm-up match against Australia A, which begins on November 6 in Hobart.

“Not playing for a while you forget how frustrating it is getting out,” Root said. “I was really enjoying it out there and felt in good rhythm, it was good to get some time under my belt in the middle and I’m looking forward getting stuck in again.”

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