Jonathan Trott has admitted he would prefer to bat at three during England's upcoming Test tour of India.
Following Andrew Strauss' retirement there has been speculation that Trott will be shunted up to the top of the order to cover the former skipper's absence. Trott has forged his steely reputation at three where he has spent the majority of his career.
He has averaged more than 50 in 34 Tests, but told Sky Sports News: "I've enjoyed batting number three in my career, since my second Test match when I was put in that position, and I feel like I've done a pretty good job there. Hopefully I can continue to do that."
He added: "But, if asked to open I'd have to - or I'd like to - do what the team wants me to. Number three is my preference but we'll just have to wait and see. I don't think it will come to that."
England will take uncapped openers Joe Root and Nick Compton to India, although their inclusions would represent somewhat of a risk given their inexperience in Test cricket, let alone on sub-continental surfaces.
England have not beaten India in an away Test series in 28 years but their hopes were boosted this week after Kevin Pietersen was included in the squad. Pietersen was initially left out of the touring party following a fractious summer that saw him alienated from the team following his texting controversy.
Trott is happy to see the explosive batsmen back in the team and claimed he had never had a problem with him.
"Kevin is a world-class player and if you want to be a successful team you need your best players playing," he said.
"As long as everything has been straightened out between Kevin, the ECB and the management squad then hopefully everything can be laid to bed - and I think everything has been.
"We had our meetings with him - I think that's been widely reported - and everything went pretty smoothly. I've never really had any problem with Kev, I've always enjoyed playing with him and it's time to get back playing some good cricket."