India Begin England Tour With A Fine Win In T20I Series

Ruben Hill
July 12, 2018

And Wood is aiming to help Eoin Morgan's team reverse their fortunes in the three-match series by adding to Kohli's woes against England.

With the ODIs set to begin on the 12th of July, 2018, players and fans from both the countries would be very excited to see what both the sides have in store for us. This tour brings another challenge for us and see where we stand as a team more importantly.

"I'm fully confident in the ability I have in that format", Root said. "There's always an element of trying to expand your game and develop certain areas but ultimately you have to play the situation laid out in front of you". And then: "One thing that is for sure, it's great to see Stokesy [his replacement in Bristol] back playing".

"In terms of preparation it's very important, in terms of our combinations and what our targets are going to be".

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya says his team's win in the T20 global series against England is a stepping stone for the upcoming 50-over series.

"I don't have any fears about it".

When asked about being dropped in Bristol, he said: "I want to see us be as complete a side as possible in all three formats". "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".

"It would be nice [to play in various domestic T20 tournaments]", Root said. Whether that's making sure I get enough rest, or obviously if there are worldwide games throughout those tournaments, I'm going to have to miss out. This series is built up as clash of the two best ODI sides who are both looking at next year's World Cup.

"I want to show people how good I can be and get this guy out. It can't be a bad thing", he said.

While England will welcome back the previously rested Mark Wood - Jake Ball, like Hales, is expected to miss out on his home ground - and the head coach, Trevor Bayliss, will be resuming duties after a break, India's attack has been depleted by Jasprit Bumrah's finger injury and Bhuvneshwar Kumar suffering from a stiff back.

Root underlined that this only meant opportunities for India's bench strength and they will not be reading too much into the pacers' unavailability.

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

The Indian One Day side has played some fearless cricket over the last couple of years, since the time Virat Kohli took over the captaincy from MSD. We have responded well to the challenges.

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