England will get more out of him as a batsman and captain. A scarcity of top-order batsmen meant Joe Root, not for the first time in his career, moved up from his favorite position to first drop for the entirety of the drawn Ashes series.

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Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order
Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

He performed humbly by his own lofty ethics with 325 runs at 32.5, while his overall average at three is a full 10 runs fewer than when he bats a place lower.

It was predicted before the tour to New Zealand that he would return to four, which is where he batted in the first of two practice matches in Whangarei and where he is set to remain – barring any surprising circumstances.

I’d like to be reliable with it now, moving forward, he told the BBC’s Test Match Special. “It does not always work accurately how you want it to but it would be nice for that to be the case. It absolutely fits in with captaincy a little bit better for me.

“I know former captains have preferred to get out there early and just get amongst it but I quite like to split the two and to really focus on my batting.

I have found over time that; I’ve consistently played better in that position.

Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order
Joe Root to drop down to four as Chris Silverwood reshuffles Test batting order

England was keeping their cards close to their chest around selection for a three-day first-class match against a New Zealand.

It could be informative that whoever quality at the Cobham Oval between Sam Curran and Chris Woakes will receive the nod for next week is the first Test against the Black Caps in Mount Maunganui.

Joe Denly is chanced to drop down to three following an ankle injury that ruled him out of the T20 series, replacing Zak Crawley, who registered a century in his first innings in an England shirt previous this week.

We have not officially picked a team yet. The most of that will go and play the first Test match.

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