CRICKET: Sheffield’s Root predicts tough test


SHEFFIELD cricket star Joe Root is confident England will not rest on their breakthrough success over India in yesterday’s first one-day international.

England claimed a first 50-over win over India on their home soil in seven years, and 13 games, after securing a nine-run success in Rajkot.

The tourists had been whitewashed 5-0 in their previous two visits but, after a long-awaited Test success in the country last month, Root said the limited overs team would not get ahead of themselves in the five-match series.

“We all know how tough it is out here and there is still a long way to go in the series,” the Sheffielder told Sky Sports News.

“We are all up for it and ready to go for the second match (in Kochi on Tuesday).

“We are only concentrating on the next game and making sure we put in a good performance like we did in the first ODI. If we do that then we will be up there.”

Root was not required to bat on his ODI debut yesterday as England posted 325 for four on the back of a 158-run opening stand between Alastair Cook (75) and Ian Bell (85).

The 22-year-old revealed he had begun the day expecting to come in at four but, after England’s start, was shunted down the order.

It meant his nine handy overs of part-time spin - which conceded 51 runs - were his major contribution, although the Yorkshireman was hardly complaining.

“I was told I was going to bat four but the key to success everywhere is being able to adapt and we did that fantastically well yesterday,” he said.

“We’re going to have to continue to do that throughout the tour if we are to be successful.

“I’m happy to play and be a part of it all so I’m not worried at all.”