Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

England vs India ODI: Mark Wood sends warning to Virat Kohli

England vs India ODI: Mark Wood sends warning to Virat Kohli

Joe Root will "absolutely" be playing in the first game of England's three-match one-day global series against India on Thursday, according to Paul Farbrace.

"I'm fully confident in the ability I have in that format", Root said.

Root said he doesn't fear losing his place in the limited overs teams.

England have been one of the finest ODI sides in recent times and India will have tough task against a strong batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan.

The England Test captain was dropped for the first time in any format in four years when Ben Stokes returned for the final Twenty20 worldwide against India in Bristol and finds himself at a short-form crossroads. As the World Cup is scheduled next year in England, the ODI series will give Kohli and Co an opportunity to get drift about the conditions.

"It might be the case, it might not, but ultimately it's about winning the series and coming out of what has been an impressive white-ball summer". "He is such a big asset to all three teams and with him firing hopefully throughout this series we will see some really strong performances from him and long term for England that is a really good thing", he said. I'm hungry to do so.

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"But for me, in big games, I've managed to get big wickets. I feel like I've got the bit between my teeth right now". "It's always nice to see the score in front of you and see how you can bat". He averages 49.82 and has eleven hundreds, the second most of any England player in history, but his T20 game has stalled since the World T20 in 2016 when he played a blistering knock of 83 from 44 balls against South Africa.

"It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world", said Sharma.

"We have seen England against Australia and they were really high scoring games, it's going to be crucial to see where we are as a team".

"In the a year ago or so we have played some good cricket, in and out of India, this tour brings another challenge for us".

Yet, so determined was Root not to miss out on the short-form game and all the rewards that come with it, he convinced management he still had a role to play even though England have an embarrassment of big-hitting riches.

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