Warning for India - England hard to beat at home, says Joe Root

England captain Eoin Morgan looks dejected after India win in Bristol

England captain Eoin Morgan looks dejected after India win in Bristol Credit Mark Kerton PA

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.

Sportsmail revealed in May a year ago that England wanted Root to sit out Twenty20 matches so he could concentrate on leading the Test team out of their mid-table malaise and fulfil his own huge potential with the bat.

England batsman Joe Root - the national side's Test captain but who reverts to the ranks for the shorter format versions of the game when Eoin Morgan is the skipper - said he wasn't going to make any wild predictions of them topping the score they posted against the Australians.

Post the Champions Trophy, starting from June past year, India have played 27 ODIs against West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, both at home and away and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games. "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. "It might be the case it might not but we try and win this series and do everything we can to come out of an impressive white ball summer". Runs are your currency and that's what you get selected on. That's where I've been fairly consistent over the last couple of years.It's been slightly frustrating on occasions [this summer] but when you win 5-0 against Australia you've got no complaints.

"I enjoy the challenge, it's nearly like I've got nothing to lose".

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"Ultimately it's got to fit around playing for England".

"It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world", said Sharma. "It is always hard being left out and you never like that as a player", he concluded.

Yuzvendra Chahal is a certainty as the wrist spinner and Kuldeep Yadav, who has created all sorts of doubts in the minds of the batsmen, may just come back into the playing XI as the Trent Bridge ground is much bigger than the one at Bristol.

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

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

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