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    Exclusive - Rob Key backs Joe Root to prove he can open for England


    by TalkSportRadio


    Rob Key is backing Joe Root to prove he can step up to be an England Test opener.

    The Yorkshire star will be promoted up the order to open the batting alongside Alastair Cook in the Ashes warm-up next week, with Nick Compton paying the price for a poor series against New Zealand earlier in the summer.

    That decision has raised eyebrows in some quarters, with people questioning whether the 22-year-old will be up to the challenge of facing the new ball against Australia.

    But Key believes it’s a situation he can handle.

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