Joe Root and Ben Stokes - what they said

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England duo Joe Root and Ben Stokes discussed a variety of pressing issues for the forthcoming season in Friday's Investec round-table chat with the national press. Here are some of the topics covered:

Sheffield's Joe Root, On the possibility of moving up to number three in this summer's Tests: "I feel pretty settled at four. But if they want to change things, I'm sure we'll have a discussion about it."

Durham star Ben Stokes, On the same topic: "I would personally like to see him stay at four. He's been so successful, and it's a brilliant place for him to be batting.

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"It means he's closer to where I bat ... and I enjoy batting with him! Stay four, mate."

Root, On England's hopes of reclaiming the International Cricket Council's number one Test ranking: "That's obviously a main goal of ours. But you can look miles ahead, and (then) fall miles short."

Root, On the England and Wales Cricket Board's new safety regulations for helmets: "Rules are rules.

"You can sort of see that, if it's impeding the vision, you almost feel just as unsafe.

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"But these are the laws put in place, and if you want to play you're going to have to get used to it very quickly."

Stokes, On the prospect of a new points system across all formats to decide the winner of bilateral series: "Rubbish."