Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
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Things to look forward to in England vs India ODI series

Things to look forward to in England vs India ODI series

Alex Hales has been the driving force behind two world-record totals at Trent Bridge but, despite an impressive back catalogue on his home ground, he looks set to be dropped for England's one-day series opener against India on Thursday.

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

Talking about missing out on playing in the IPL, Root said, "All the domestic tournaments around the world, they have to fit around playing for England".

The England Test captain was dropped for the first time in any format in four years when Ben Stokes returned for the final Twenty20 global against India in Bristol and finds himself at a short-form crossroads.

Now that the T20 series has been done with and both teams have flexed their muscles and showed a glimpse of what to expect, comes the ODI series.

Now, after scoring just 61 runs off 54 balls in four Twenty20 internationals, Root and England need to consider whether his omission is just temporary or whether it is in everyone's best interests for it to become permanent.

In this regard, Rohit Sharma said: "Speaking about Rahul batting at No. 3 or No. 4, I don't know where he'll bat in ODIs".

"Whatever we do we don't go out and bat like we have to score 400 runs".

"But for me, in big games, I've managed to get big wickets". I'm hungry to do so. "You've got to always try to stay true to yourself", he replied. 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. "I feel like I've got the bit between my teeth right now".

"It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world", said Sharma. "In the previous year or so we have played some good cricket, in and out of India, this tour brings another challenge for us", Rohit said.

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". "It's hard because of the limited opportunities I've had to play T20 cricket, but the thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first".

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