Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

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

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

"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, but we all know Joe very well - he'll be spurred on by that and he'll do all he can to make sure he's ready come Thursday's game at Trent Bridge". Kuldeep picked up three wickets in two overs and removed the England top order.

England's Test captain watched on as India chased down a target of 199 easily, opener Rohit Sharma hitting an unbeaten century to secure a seven-wicket triumph for the tourists. The victory by eight wickets, and with 9.5 overs remaining, came after the hosts were all out for 268 with a ball to spare on a sunny afternoon in Nottingham.

England whitewashed Australia 5-0 last month. "Playing spin against India is one challenge that hopefully we will keep improving upon".

"Lord's might be different but certainly Kuldeep extracted more turn out of this pitch than any other spinner".

"Between now and the World Cup we need to expose our areas of weakness - this seems to be one of them and it's a great opportunity to test ourselves even more".

Root's role in T20 cricket has come under inadvertent scrutiny in recent months, partly as a effect of his huge importance to England's fortunes in the longer formats. Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root have been sent back to the pavilion within no time and suddenly from a comfortable 73-1, England slipped to 82-3 in 13 overs. But after the 10th over, India introduced Kuldeep Yadav and the innings turned on its head. When Root and Bairstow followed him lbw he had three wickets for seven runs in 10 deliveries.

"Ultimately it's got to fit around playing for England".

Speaking at the toss on Thursday, England skipper Eoin Morgan had already revealed that Hales was going for scans in the afternoon.

This brought Stokes and Buttler together at the crease, and they put on 93 runs for the fifth wicket.

Ben Stokes, who was making a comeback into the team after an injury lay-off was clearly struggling against the wily spin duo of Chahal and Kuldeep.

"I'm sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain whether it's with red or white ball".

Asked whether he had done enough to force his way in, Kohli smiled.

"Anything is possible with the selections for Tests and there might be a few surprises".

None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6, the best ever by any chinaman bowler in the history of ODIs. Eoin Morgan's men have another two chances to decipher his triggers and tells in what remains of this series. Kohli, though, was stumped by Buttler for 75 off Rashid to end the partnership at 167 but it was only a brief respite for England.

One bright spot in an otherwise gloomy night.

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