Ashes 2013/14: Joe Root insists he is happy to bat anywhere for England
Joe Root insists he doesn't care where he bats in the order as long as he is playing for England.
Last Updated: 05/11/13 10:49pm
The Yorkshire opener has found his place at the top of the innings under scrutiny following a mixed Ashes series in the summer.
Root hit a career-high 180 at Lord's, however he registered just one other half-century in 10 innings against Australia, averaging 37.66.
Legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne has called for Root to be moved to No 6, claiming the 22-year-old could be 'crucified' by Australia's fast bowlers if he remains at the top of the order.
However for Root representing his country is more important than where in the line-up he is required.
"I just love playing for England," he told Sky Sports.
"I relish any opportunity to put the shirt on, put the cap on and go out and represent my country. I will try and do the best job possible whether I bat.
"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.
"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 made 36 in England's opening tour match against Western Australia Chairman's XI, with rival opener Michael Carberry going on to score 78.