Joe Root will benefit from being axed by England, insists Paul Farbrace


Apart from the England-India series ending on July 17, Zimbabwe will host Pakistan for five matches from July 13 to 22, the West Indies will play three at home versus Bangladesh from July 22 to 28, Sri Lanka will host South Africa for five matches from July 29 to August 12 and the Netherlands play two at home against Nepal. Root has repeatedly said he views himself as a three-format player and would like to play more T20 cricket, including in the IPL, in the future.

Joe Root's exclusion from the Twenty20 series decider against India on Sunday will fuel the England test captain's desire to improve going into this week's opening one-day worldwide between the sides, interim head coach Paul Farbrace has said. This will be the last T20I of the series.

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. Then he hit the winning runs, a six off Jordan to clinch the series. The series was level at 1-1 and pressure was on both teams to overpower each other at Bristol. He scored a total of 110 runs and would look to carry the momentum in the ODI series.

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni made history in the Twenty20 global against England in Bristol on Sunday becoming the first wicket-keeper to pocket five catches in a T20I. Despite that, India were on course with 70 on board for 2 wickets at the end of powerplay. Pandya mixed up his pace and length to finish with 4-38, having Stokes caught at mid-off for 14 and enticing Bairstow, on 25, to edge behind. His 4/38 against England in the final game at Bristol helped India restrict host below 200 runs.

Some poor bowling from Indian pacers, who either sprayed the ball or bowled too short, helped England in making a bright start. He played just 2 matches giving away 64 runs and picking up 1 wicket.

There was consternation from certain quarters when Kuldeep was left out for debutant swing bowler Deepak Chahar. He was a little expensive in the three games but picked up 5 wickets at an economy of 8.75 runs and conceded 105 runs. He rattled the English batsmen in the first game, but failed to make an impact in the second game and eventually sitting on the bench for the third game.

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With wickets falling at regular intervals, England managed only 87 runs in the second half of their innings despite being at a rather comfortable 111/2 from their first ten.

India were cruising to victory but another fine catch from Jordan (1-40), this time off his own bowling, saw Kohli (43) on his way and gave England a glimmer of hope.

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