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England opt to shuffle batting order, also wary of ‘very hungry’ Smith’s return

Joe Denly will swap places with struggling opener Jason Roy in the England batting order for the fourth Ashes Test against Australia at Old Trafford, starting on Wednesday.

Roy, who was handed his Test debut after an impressive World Cup-winning campaign, has failed to deliver at the top of the order in the first three Tests, scoring just 57 runs in six innings with a highest score of 28.

England's experiment with Jason Roy as a Test opener is over.

England’s experiment with Jason Roy as a Test opener is over.Credit:AP

Denly’s patient half-century in the second innings of the third Test, where he shared a 126-run stand with Root, set up the win for the hosts who were chasing a daunting target of 359 to level the series.

“I got a call from Joe Root after a bit of time off and he said he’d like for me to go at the top of the order and try to get us off to a good start,” Denly told the BBC.

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