Ex-England team-mate Nick Compton believes Alastair Cook should bat at number three or not play at all for the Test team.
Former England skipper Cook is currently the opener for the Three Lions but has struggled for former over the last year, scoring just 23 runs in the two-Test series against New Zealand in the winter.
The 33-year-old, who is England's all-time leading run-scorer, has only managed one century in his last 17 Tests and Compton believes it is time he dropped down the batting order.
The Middlesex batsman, who has been one of Cook's numerous opening partners since Andrew Strauss retired, feels the Essex man would be much better suited batting at three, claiming the move suit all parties.
Ahead of this summer's Test series against Pakistan and India, Compton saysthe time could be right to forge a new opening partnership for England.
"England are struggling for a number three at the moment and I think they need a solid number three," Compton told BBC Radio 5 live.
"It is not about bringing Joe Root up the order, he has always made is quite clear he is happy at four. As captain, it would put more pressure on him and not give him enough time to rest.
"It might be a stage where you could breed a new opening partnership," he added.
England are set to name their squad for the first two Tests against Pakistan on Tuesday, the first squad of the Ed Smith era after he was appointed national selector in April.
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