Ashes 2019: Joe Root excited to bat at No. 3

Melbourne: England skipper Joe Root is excited to bat at number three in the Ashes as he is hoping that coming to bat early will allow him to make some 'big scores'.

"I'll bat at number three which is quite exciting. I think it's a positive move for me, I quite like the idea of getting out there pretty early and hopefully making some big scores.

The opportunity to make really big scores comes from the top three, and there's an opportunity for me to potentially do that this series," Cricket.com.au quoted Root as saying.

Root praised Australia's former skipper Steve Smith as saying that he is a proven world-class performer. "He's a proven world-class performer, a fantastic player. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds throughout the series.

Last time they came (to the UK in 2015), when the wickets were very good and flat he made it really count and made two very big hundreds (at Lord's and The Oval)," he said.

"When it moved it around, it looked slightly different. So it'll be interesting to see how he approaches and tries to combat the movement out there, and we can exploit anything early on," Root added.

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