India present a different challenge than our recent opponents, says Joe Root

India present a different challenge than our recent opponents, says Joe Root

England left Joe Root off their side to make room for Ben Stokes who had a month off with a hamstring injury.

"It's unsafe to think too far ahead", said Root, who will hope to retain his place in the ODI line-up after being dropped for the final T20 match. "This English team will put us under pressure", he said. I've got to make sure I keep putting the work in and those limited opportunities I do get, keep trying to perform, keep my name as current as I can in that format.

"I'm expecting nothing else than a high-scoring series". Some of that is undoubtedly the media training that all worldwide players are now given to ensure they don't ever say anything of any interest but it's also clear that Root has a deep desire for this group of England players to succeed.

"But for me, in big games, I've managed to get big wickets". I'm hungry to do so.

Root has been struggling for form in the T20 game, making zero and nine in his previous two innings, but captain Eoin Morgan said he will back for the one-day game at Trent Bridge. "You've got to always try to stay true to yourself", he replied.

Hardik Pandya played an important role in India's victory over England. That's as much down to a lack of T20 game time as any issues with Root's ability.

"When I went for 22 in an over, I thought "the T20 is a amusing format", and the only thing to do was to come back and bowl my best balls".

He "fully understood" the decision to leave him out in Bristol, however, but admitted his lack of opportunities to play T20 cricket has been "difficult". But while he accepts that is an issue, he is adamant that his priority remains England's fortunes in the 2019 World Cup and Test cricket.

"The thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first", Root said. "All the domestic tournaments around the world, have to fit in around England". "In terms of ODI cricket, in the last one year or so, we have played some good cricket in and out of India. You've seen guys come back from those tournaments with a huge amount of experience and a great rounded way of looking at the game".

England scored a world record 481 runs in their last ODI match at Trent Bridge, admittedly against an under-strength Australian side, who were white-washed 5-0 in the series. "They present different challenges to the ones we have recently faced but we know that if we play to our potential and keep learning and improving we will be a hard side to play especially at home in these conditions", he said.

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