<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/england/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">England</a> captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/joe-root/news/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Root</a> will be promoted one spot up to to No 3 for the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston starting Thursday, <em>Sky Sports</em> has reported. <p></p> <p></p>There has been speculation about Root's batting position after England's extended top-order worries in Tests, with the most recent case being the four-day Lord's game against Ireland. The hosts were <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/england-vs-ireland-test-ireland-take-lead-after-tim-murtagh-helps-skittle-england-for-85-at-lords-871899" target="_blank" rel="noopener">bowled out for 85</a> on the first morning and then in the second lost Rory Burns for 6 before the nightwatchman Jack Leach and Test debutant Jason Roy put on a match-winning 145 for the second wicket. <p></p> <p></p>But once Leach was dismissed, England lost seven wickets for 77 runs as they slumped to 303 all out. <p></p> <p></p>(<strong>READ:</strong> <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/revealed-england-test-captain-joe-root-sought-ricky-pontings-help-regarding-poor-conversation-rate-871736" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Joe Root sought Ricky Ponting's help regarding poor conversation rate</a>) <p></p> <p></p>It has been reported that Burns and Roy will again open the innings against Australia at Edgbaston, but that Root will move up a spot from his regular No 4 role where he averages 48 after 60 innings, with seven Test hundreds. <p></p> <p></p>At No 3, Root has scored 1,538 runs at 40.5, with two hundreds, in 40 innings.