Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Morgan explains reasons for England chopping Root

Morgan explains reasons for England chopping Root

India won 3-1 when the teams last met in England four years ago and vice-captain Sharma sees the next three matches as an ideal opportunity to hone their skills in northern hemisphere conditions before the World Cup in England and Wales next year.

Following the poor run, and with Stokes returning from a hamstring injury, Root had to be left out of the last game against India in favour of the big-hitting all-rounder.

"I don't have any fears about it, I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions, but I want to be a part of them", said Root ahead of the first one-day global against India at Trent Bridge on Thursday. Leading Indian Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble's 6/12 against West Indies in 1993 is India's second best while Ashish Nehra features third in the list with his 6/23 against England in 2003 World Cup.

Root, a staple of the England batting line-up across all formats in recent years, came under pressure after some sub-par performances in his previous three T20 outings against Australia and India.

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"I think Morgs has done an unbelievable job with this team, where he's taken it to is remarkable and actually a nice little learner for me to see how he has gone about it", Root said. In the recently concluded three-match T20I series, India's spin-twins Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav showed the audience what they are capable off.

England are hot favourites 10 months out from the start of the Cricket World Cup, which will be contested on home soil. It can't have been an easy one for them to make but that is part and parcel of having a really strong squad.

"Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you are left out the side or whatever".

For England, the series against Australia was a real morale booster where the team scored a world record total 481 in one of the ODIs.

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None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs.

He said: "It's risky to think too far ahead". I think both the games there has been more turn than on the grounds that we have played on and that is one thing probably that we have identified. Coming off a commendable 5-1 series win in South Africa, India is a side to be feared.

India, who had beaten England 2-1 in the Twenty20 worldwide series, had conceded the top ranking to England at the annual update on May 2 but it will get a chance to claim back the spot.

"We knew it was a really good wicket but wrist spin in the middle overs would be tricky".

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They have vastly experienced players, not just in worldwide cricket, but also in the Indian Premier League, which gives them exposure to the best from all around the world.

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