There is a constant shift in Test batting order – either due to injury, or out of form, batsmen have been shifted up and down the batting order –
And when Australia face New Zealand at Gabba tomorrow (5th Nov 2015) for Trans-Tasman Trophy, we once again would see a shift in batting order in both teams. For Australia captain Steve Smith would bat down at No.4 giving U Khawaja another opportunity to cement his place in Australia line up as he would bat at No.3. Along with this host will have new opening pair after Chris Rogers announced his retirement after Ashes 2015. He would be replaced by home town boy Joe Burns, and will partner new vice-captain David Warner.
New Zealand on the other hand have made less changes than most teams. They would give another opportunity to Guptill-Latham pair, breaking Latham/Rutherford partnership during last series. Interestingly Martin Guptill had a mixed performance since his Test return against England(70,0,0,70). And there is a strong indication they might drop Ronchi and replace him with reliable and sturdy Watling.
And in the ongoing Test series in UAE both England and Pakistan have changed their batting line up in every game. Yet it is only West Indies and Sri Lanka’s top order batsmen are totally out of form and averaging less than 30/inn –
Here is a Average of each Bat position for Test playing teams since 2015 WC
And here is sum of Batting XI with primary indicators.
All data is updated before 3rd Test between Eng v/s Pak (1st Nov, 2015)