Joe Root's exclusion from T20 to fuel England test captain's desire


That followed the 23-year-old's five for 24 in the first Twenty20 global against England at Old Trafford on July 3 - a series India won 2-1.

England Test captain Joe Root says he holds no grudges after being left out of Sunday's deciding T20 against India.

He said: "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". Gonna be one incredible World Cup next year in England.

But when opportunity knocked - the key factor here - he took it. Williamson may well look at Root with a hint of jealousy that England, one of the big three in global cricket, will forever have a jam-packed schedule the Kiwis could only dream of. "That's a skill that Joe has - he has the ability to hit boundaries", he said.

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.

England is on the back-foot after losing the T20I series to India but is in good form and can outclass Indian team in ODIs.

On a related note, England will now head into a three-match ODI series against India, beginning July 12.

"Players learn from players and I am sure he'll be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things, the way that he makes the decisions that he makes". It can't have been an easy one for them to make but that is part and parcel of having a really strong squad.

"I'd never faced him before and I didn't know much about him".

Similarly, third-ranked South Africa face the challenge of blanking Sri Lanka 5-0 in an away series to ensure they do not slip behind New Zealand even as mid-table sides Bangladesh (seventh), Sri Lanka (eighth) and the West Indies (ninth) will be vying for important points during this period.

"I think it is risky to start thinking too far ahead (in terms of predicting high scores)".

At the start of the 13th over, Joe Root (3) was completely befuddled by a ripping leg break and was trapped lbw. "It might be the case, it might not, but we will try to win this series and do everything we can to come out of an impressive white ball summer", he said. The series is also a fight for the top spot in ODI rankings as a 3-0 win for India will provide them top rank in ODI team rankings, which is now held by England.

England, who had plundered a record 481 in Nottingham against Australia last month, struggled despite an opening stand of 73.

They have vastly experienced players, not just in global cricket, but also in the Indian Premier League, which gives them exposure to the best from all around the world. 'It's a big series and gives us the chance to put down a marker to see where we're at'.