England vs India – Match Preview

Joe Root says England will not be focused on breaking their own world record when they face India at Trent Bridge in the first of three ODIs.

England amassed 481-6 at the Nottingham venue last month against Australia to top the 444-3 they thumped at the same ground against Pakistan in August 2016.

But Root – who was left out of the third Twenty20 international on Sunday as India sealed a 2-1 series triumph – says his team’s main target is to win as they go in search of an eighth ODI series victory on the spin.

“It’s dangerous to think too far ahead,” Root said ahead of Thursday’s clash, which is live on Sky Sports Cricket and Main Event from 12pm. “One thing we have been good at is assessing things early on and planning an innings.

“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.

“Ultimately it’s good marker to see where we’re at. India have been really strong in this format for a long time and are one of the best in the world.”

Reflecting on his T20 omission, Root said he did not “fear” the move becoming permanent: “I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions – but I want to be a part of them.

“You never like it as a player, but having been captain myself I know how hard it can be. I fully understood the decision, that’s part of having a really strong squad. I don’t have any fears about it.

“I’m fully confident in the ability I have in that format – I can perform in T20 cricket.

“I don’t see it as a closed door for me, but I have to make sure, in the limited opportunities I have, to keep performing.”

Eoin Morgan’s men top the ICC ODI rankings, with their opponents a spot back in second – the sides will be the favourites for next summer’s World Cup in England and India batsman Rohit Sharma insists this series will help the tourists get to grips with conditions.


Watch the best action from England’s record-breaking 481-6 against Australia in Nottingham in June

“It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world,” said Rohit, whose unbeaten century steered India to victory in the T20 decider in Bristol. “In terms of preparation it’s very important, in terms of our combination and what our targets are going to be.

“In the last year or so we have played some good cricket, in and out of India, and this tour brings another challenge for us. It’s going to be crucial to see where we are as a team.

“We have seen England against Australia and they were really high-scoring games. I’m expecting nothing else than a high-scoring series.”

The football World Cup will have Root’s attention on Wednesday night as England battle Croatia for the right to face France in Sunday’s final.

Bibs saw off no bibs in the England cricketers' penalty shootout at Trent Bridge...


Bibs saw off no bibs in the England cricketers’ penalty shootout at Trent Bridge…

Root and his colleagues got into the football spirit at training by holding their own penalty shootout, with Liam Plunkett’s successful spot-kick earning victory for Root’s ‘bibbed’ team.

“I’m so excited, I can’t wait to get back and watch it. I feel more nervous than playing cricket,” added Root of the World Cup semi-final. “The way they have gone about it has been impressive.

“It’s been a really nice vibe. They have been really smart on how they have approached every game. As a fan, it’s been great viewing.”

Watch the first ODI, at Trent Bridge, live on Sky Sports Cricket (channel 404) and Sky Sports Main Event (channel 401) from 12pm on Thursday.

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