“It was a pure tactical decision after Moeen has been in such fantastic form in the last few weeks,” Buttler explained after the day’s play. “He bats at number three for Worcester and we felt he was playing so well that it was a nice move for him to bat at three. He was told last evening.”
“I’m not sure moving forward what will happen but tactically for today, it felt like the right decision,” Buttler added. “I thought he [Root] batted fantastically well today.
People will debate a lot where his best position is but it could be the matter of a difference of one ball so I don’t think for a world-class player like Joe it affects him too much.”
If he does stay at four, whether Moeen remains at three is yet to be seen. Although he bats there for his county, he is arguably more suited to batting lower down the order in Test cricket. Following a discussion on Sky Sports about Moeen’s best position, his county coach, Kevin Sharp, tweeted: “Mo has wonderful high order batting skills and given the opportunity would no doubt be successful.”