Struggling England captain tipped to get back into T20 side

Heather Diaz
July 13, 2018

But, ahead of facing India at Trent Bridge on Thursday, Root is confident he can feature in all formats for England.

He has scored 193 runs at 27.57 (strike rate 104.89) in eight matches since England's run through to that final defeat against West Indies, while he managed close to 40 in the build-up to the event and throughout the tournament itself. Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Jason Roy, Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in his first two overs.

Roy attempting an ambitious reverse sweep, mistimed the shot and gave a dolly catch to Umesh Yadav as he fell for 38.

At the start of the 13th over, Joe Root (3) was completely befuddled by a ripping leg break and was trapped lbw.

But as he reflected on his heroics at Trent Bridge, Yadav made it clear he wanted to add to his tally of nine wickets in two Tests - the last against Sri Lanka in Pallekele in August 2017.

"Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you're left out the side".

Once Kohli opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines as the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack. "It's about having a bit more of a plan and more composure", Hales had said after his match-winning half-century in Bristol.

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It was an embarrassing batting effort from Eoin Morgan's men with only Jos Buttler shining.

In stark contrast to India's inspired bowling effort, the England players bowled like profligate billionaires, allowing India an easy start to their innings. It worked, but for exactly seven deliveries, as a googly on eighth deceived him and forced him to play down the wrong line.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England.

The stand-in coach further insisted that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root "will play a magnificent and big part in that". However, Stokes and Buttler added some important for the fifth wicket before Kuldeep sent Buttler back to pavilion for 53 runs.

Virat Kohli has obviously benefitted from the IPL given India base their schedule around their marquee stage, whereas Root is restricted.

"So if you are not picking the ball (from the hand), then there is a huge problem". But he was able to make his stint in India work due to no other commitments. The leggie [Chahal] one really struggled to pick him but he seemed to pick up a lot of the wickets.

"He is very good and there is no getting around that". "We have played great cricket for the last six months and not come up against anybody like this, so it is a chance to improve on this area however long it might take between now and the World Cup".

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