Joe Root's exclusion from T20 to fuel England test captain's desire

Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant century as India clinched the three-match T20 series against England

The series is also a fight for the top spot in ODI rankings as a 3-0 win for India will provide them top rank in ODI team rankings, which is now held by England.

India can reclaim the top spot in the International Cricket Council ODI rankings if it blanks England 3-0 in the three-match series beginning on July 12. India won the T20I series 2-1 and will look to carry the momentum into the ODI series as well. Joe Root has been handed the responsibility of leading England Test side for a year since the 2017 series against South Africa.

India's three-match ODI series against England got underway on Thursday with the first match taking place at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.

"There are signs of Joe really getting to grips with the Test match team as a captain, and I think any experience like he has had over the past few days will definitely help him", Farbrace said. I'm sure he'll be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things makes the decisions he makes and I'm sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain. Subsequently, with the return of Ben Stokes to the squad, he was dropped for the final T20I against India at the County Ground in Bristol. "He's our best player, a fantastic player in all forms of the game", Farbrace added. The assistant coach feels that his ability to maneuver ball around the park as well as hitting timely boundaries is very useful.

"It is important in low-scoring games on tough wickets, you need people who can manipulate the strike, who can play spin bowling well, and can keep you in tight games", said Farbrace. "I'm sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he's a high-quality player in all forms of the game", Paul Fabrace 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. It's a great opportunity for us to play a strong Indian team who will pose different challenges to what Australia did at the start of the summer.



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