Joe Root has “enjoyed every minute” of opening the batting for England but insists he would bat anywhere as long as he was in the team.
The Yorkshire right-hander has found himself under a certain amount of pressure from fans and cricket betting pundits after a below-par Ashes campaign in the summer. He averaged just 37.66, which owed much to a Test-best 180 at Lord’s.
That pressure increased in England’s first warm-up match for the return series Down Under against Western Australia Chairman’s XI. Reserve opener Michael Carberry eclipsed Root’s 36 with a fluent 78.
Carberry’s innings has led to former Hampshire team-mate and Australia legend Shane Warne to call for him to partner Alastair Cook at the top of the order, with Root moving down to number six.
Root would have no problem with that, saying he just “loves playing for England”.
“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,” the 22-year-old told Sky Sports.
“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, who has scored 763 runs at 40.15 in his 11 Tests, admitted he had forgotten how frustrating it is to get out before his first-innings dismissal at Perth.
Root is hoping to get back out in the middle when England, the current favourites in the cricket betting odds, face Australia A this week, a match which is likely to see the return of the likes of Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Graeme Swann.
“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,” Root said.