Moeen Ali and Jos Buttler may struggling for form but England coach Trevor Bayliss has backed both men to come good in future Test matches.
England coach Trevor Bayliss has given his support to Moeen Ali as Alastair Cook's opening partner and is keen to persevere with him at the top of the order.
Moeen was promoted back to opener for England's Test series with Pakistan in United Arab Emirates after being used lower down the order to protect the tail during the Ashes.
However, he has struggled for runs alongside Cook, averaging just 12 from his four innings as Pakistan moved 1-0 ahead with one game to play.
"The opening batting position has not been a success as of yet," Bayliss told Sky Sports News HQ. "Personally, I would probably like to give Mo another opportunity.
"He is a quality player and is in a position that he is a little unfamiliar with, but he is a guy that wants to do it. For me, somebody that wants to go out there and do it, that's a guy you want in your team."
Another player who has come under fire in UAE is wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, scoring 23 runs with the bat " only 156 since the start of the Ashes " while seeing errors creep into his performance behind the stumps.
That has led to speculation Buttler may be dropped for the decisive third Test in Sharjah, but Bayliss has shown his support for the 25-year-old.
He added: "It's no secret he needs runs and he's been a bit out of form. That's the game and Cook and I will sit down with him in the next couple of days to discuss that.
"We know that he is a quality player and I think he'll play a big role in England's future. Like most blokes that have ever played the game, he's going through a rough trot and this is his rough trot.
"But I think he is a quality enough person and player that we'll see a lot better out of him in the future."