Batting order poser for England
With the Kevin Pietersen saga now put to bed, we can all turn our attentions to matters on the pitch, with England seeking to overcome the mighty India on their own turf.
One of the main decisions for coach Andy Flower is the batting order, with former captain and opener Andrew Strauss now retired.
That leaves a spot vacant at the top of the order. Pietersen is unlikely to be asked to stride out first; his style of play isn’t suited to facing up to the openers anyway.
The number three position is where he plays best, averaging more than 50 in 34 Test matches. However, Jonathan Trott has recently revealed he prefers playing in the number three position.
Given the number three can often play the role of opener when there is an early wicket, Trott seems the sensible choice. The Warwickshire batsmen is never ruffled by what is going on around him and he has the temperament to play in that position.
Pietersen should be better down in four, when (hopefully) there are runs already on the board, giving him the opportunity to express him himself.
That leaves uncapped duo Joe Root or Yorkshire and Nick Compton of Somerset. It is far from ideal throwing youngsters into the bear pit of the sub-continent, but I feel it is better than going for a more experienced square peg in a round hole.
The selectors have made a show of faith in selecting Root and Compton so they should follow that up by giving at least one of them the chance to stride out with new captain Alistair Cook at the top of the order.
With Trott, KP and Ian Bell to follow, England have a varied and talented top six that is more than capable of giving the India bowlers something to think about.