Former England captain turned famous commentator Nasser Hussain has said that England batsman Jonny Bairstow can be the best choice at the No.3 position in Tests.
He said this as Zak Crawley has been going through a rough patch and Hussain feels that Bairstow could be given a chance as well. Although England captain Joe Root sometimes promoted himself to the No.3 position, Nasser Hussain doesn’t want him to bat there as he is in great form while batting at No.4.
In his column for The Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain shared why Bairstow is a better option at No.3. “Joe Root, the captain and — by a distance — best player, is unwilling to move up a place, England would be shooting themselves in the foot by risking the runs he scores at No 4. That potentially leaves Jonny Bairstow as a makeshift No 3. He’s had problems in the past against the moving red ball, but he has tightened up his technique — he now goes back and across — so he could be an option,” Nasser Hussain wrote.
Meanwhile, the opening department is a huge concern for England as the openers have failed to put up runs on the board. Both Rory Burns and Dom Sibley failed miserably and in-form Haseeb Hameed is waiting for his chance as well. And, Nasser Hussain has revealed that Hameed can certainly replace Sibley as well.
“If they’re keen for Hameed to play, then I would have no problem with him replacing Dom Sibley. Rory Burns was player of the series against New Zealand, so he can’t be dropped after one bad game, and if you’re picking on potential, Hameed edges Sibley,” Nasser Hussain stated.
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