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

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

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.

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

"I think it is very important since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world exactly a year later".

"I'm fully confident in the ability I have in that format", Root said. Virat Kohli (the captain) asked me and I told him I was okay - if you come and take wickets on this type of wicket and ground it will stop the runs. "It's always nice to see the score in front of you and see how you can bat".

"We have a fantastic supporting staff and leaders who give us enormous confidence to go and express ourselves".

"I don't have any fears about it". So in terms of preparations, it will be good for us to see where we stand as a team.

"So whether it's making sure I get enough rest, or if there are worldwide games throughout those tournaments, I'm going to have to miss out".

England head into this series as the No.1 ranked one-day team, with India just behind them in second.

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"Yes it does (present opportunities to grab spots) and ahead of a World Cup that's what you want".

"I want to show people how good I can be and get this guy out". With the kind of reputation he has built for himself at that position and the kind of improvement and consistency he has shown over the last one and a half years, he is certain to open the innings and his fans would definitely be hoping to see another 200 from him this series. "It can't be a bad thing", he said.

Batsmen-friendly wickets are expected in this ODI series.

While there has been a lot of focus on Indian wrist spinners, the visitors will be missing the services of Jasprit Bumrah, and possibly of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for the first ODI, who is in doubt with 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 am expecting nothing else but a high scoring series", the vice-captain said.

"It might be the case, it might not, but ultimately it's about winning the series and coming out of what has been an impressive white-ball summer".

"India are in a place where they have some great depth in that (bowling) department". We have responded well to the situations that we were put in.

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