I don’t fear for my England T20 career, says Joe Root

England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat in the second one-day worldwide against India at Lord’s on Saturday.


India (probable) RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli (capt), KL Rahul, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (wkt), HH Pandya, S Kaul, K Yadav, UT Yadav, YS Chahal.

This is the first of a three-match series.

“In the game at Cardiff, a low-scoring game, the idea of him going in when he did [at No.3] was to rotate the strike, knock it around and get you close to winning the game”.

England play India in ODIs at Nottingham, Lord s and Leeds before Root takes over the captaincy for the five-Test series starting at Edgbaston in Birmingham on August 1.

In conditions resembling those in Manchester, in terms of a dry pitch, the English batsmen failed to comprehend Kuldeep’s wrist spin.

England had collapsed to 82 for 3, losing three wickets for nine runs in the space of 16 balls.

England received a further blow with the news that a scan has shown that Alex Hales has a side strain sustained while batting in the nets the day ahead of the Trent Bridge ODI. If so, then all eyes will be on their approach to Kuldeep given the personnel should be unchanged, while not forgetting that Yuzvendra Chahal, the orthodox leg-spinner in India’s ranks who outfoxed Morgan on Trent-side, is quite good too.

England and India collide in the second game of their three-match One-day worldwide series on Saturday, with Eoin Morgan’s side looking to regain parity following defeat at Trent Bridge. “It will be tough versus India”, said Root on Wednesday.

Left-arm chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has been a sensation for India in the recent past if we take a look at the limited-overs cricket.

Lord’s on Saturday could pose a different challenge but if he can overcome that and succeed then he could well be a strong contender for the longer format of the game. The other main architect of the first-ODI victory was Kuldeep Yadav. In doing so they added 103 runs off 99 balls for the third wicket which put England back in contention for a 300-plus score.

“Kuldeep had a pretty good day at the office”, said England captain Eoin Morgan.

Will India’s wristspin, with Kuldeep Yadav being the chief damage maker, once again rankle England batsmen?

Kuldeep was not afraid to flight the ball and dipped viciously having the batsmen in two minds. “They remain a huge weapon for us”.

“That’s the way that you’d expect all of [Virat] Kohli’s teams to play, so we’re going to have to play extremely well to win it”.


Root, England’s Test captain, was the man to make way from the England T20I team in Bristol on Sunday once the return of Ben Stokes was confirmed, but insists he has no fears that his career in that format could be over.

Farbrace said Joe Root will get better at his job by learning from his one-day captain Morgan