Adelaide: Ian Bell and Joe Root are the contenders to bat at No. 3 in the second Ashes Test, with England batting coach Graham Gooch saying nobody would be shielded after Jonathan Trott's sudden departure due to a stress-related illness.
"I'm not a believer in you've got to be very careful about looking after people in what number they bat," Gooch told a news conference Monday. "If you're asked to bat three, four, five or six, you have to do that job. I'm sure both of them will want that challenge if they're asked."
England was dismissed for 136 and 179 in a humbling 381-run loss in the first Test, where Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson used the extra bounce at the Gabba to unsettle the touring batsmen with some fiery short-pitched bowling.