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Denly to swap batting positions with opener Roy
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Denly to swap batting positions with opener Roy

Joe Denly confirmed he will open the batting for England alongside Rory Burns in the forthcoming Ashes Test at Old Trafford with the struggling Jason Roy set to be demoted down the order.

England's opening partnership has been a constant source of disappointment with World Cup-winner Roy unable to resolve the top-order woes.

Following his half-century on debut against Ireland, Roy accumulated a sum of just 62 runs across the three Tests he has played in the Ashes series indicating his problems in coping with the new ball.

Denly, who averages 24.33 in six games in the longest format, is expected to restore some stability at the top after his crucial fifty in England's incredible run chase at Headingley in the previous game.

"I got a call from (captain) Joe Root after a bit of time off and he said he'd like me to go at the top of the order and try to get us off to a good start," Denly told BBC Radio.

'It allows Roy to come in and play his way'

Denly initially made his Test debut earlier this year against the West Indies as an opener but recorded unimpressive scores of six and 17.

He has subsequently batted at No. 4 - the spot which will now be filled by Roy.

The 33-year-old predicted the move to push Roy down the order could provide him with the license to play freely.

"Obviously Jason is going to bat four and that's great for English cricket," said Denly.

"With Jason Roy in the team we are a better team and with him coming in at four, hopefully with the new ball worn off and myself and Rory Burns doing our job at the top, it allows him to come in and play his way. He's a great player to have there."