Joe Denly has confirmed he will Start for England at the fourth Ashes Test match at Old Trafford with Jason Roy dropping down to Number 4.
Denly batted in Antigua dozens of 17 and six in his first Test match for Joe Root side against the West Indies.
The 33-year-old all-rounder transferred down in his second red-ball match in St Lucia to # 3, hitting on his inaugural Test to help put up a resounding success.
«I got a call from (captain) Joe Root after a bit of time off and that he said he’d like me to go on top of the order and attempt to catch us off to a great start,» he was reported to have said by PA Media. «Obviously Jason (Roy) is going to bat four and that is good for English cricket.
«With Jason Roy from the group we’re a better team and together with him coming in at four, hopefully with the new ball worn and myself and Rory Burns performing our job on very top, it enables him to come and play his own manner. He is a fantastic player to have there.»
Denly batted in July at Lord’s before England captain Root opted to move up a spot in the batting line-up on Day One of this Ashes pushing the Kent batsman.
He shared an third-wicket partnership at the final innings of the third Test at Headingley with Root .
Roy has struggled against the new ball throughout the series against Australia, in which he has scored only 57 runs in six innings with a high score of 28, was brought in for the string following his heroics at white-ball cricket.
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