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"I've got the bit between my teeth" - Joe Root

12 July 2018

Alex Hales has been the driving force behind two world-record totals at Trent Bridge but, despite an impressive back catalogue on his home ground, he looks set to be dropped for England's one-day series opener against India on Thursday.

Root "fully understood" the decision to leave him out in Bristol, but admitted his lack of opportunities to play T20 cricket has been "difficult".

Sportsmail revealed in May previous year that England wanted Root to sit out Twenty20 matches so he could concentrate on leading the Test team out of their mid-table malaise and fulfil his own huge potential with the bat.

Talking about missing out on playing in the IPL, Root said, "All the domestic tournaments around the world, they have to fit around playing for England".

Post the Champions Trophy, starting from June past year, India have played 27 ODIs against West Indies, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, both at home and away and at least one wrist spinner has featured in all these games.

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Paul Farbrace, who was in charge of England for all four of their Twenty20 matches against Australia and India, admitted he was protecting Root when he said earlier in the Vitality series that he would not be dropped. This is another opportunity for us to try and replicate those performances, and another opportunity for me to go out and make some big runs. That's where I've been fairly consistent over the last couple of years.It's been slightly frustrating on occasions [this summer] but when you win 5-0 against Australia you've got no complaints. I'm hungry to do so. It is always hard being left out and you never like that as a player.

"It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world", said Sharma.

"We have played some really strong cricket in one day format and India are right up there as one of the best one day sides in the world".

Yet, so determined was Root not to miss out on the short-form game and all the rewards that come with it, he convinced management he still had a role to play even though England have an embarrassment of big-hitting riches. "I think India always want to be the best team in everything so it'll be a good test to really show them how good we are in our conditions".