Joe Root still believes he has a T20 future despite England axe

Get live cricket score of India vs England 3rd T20 from Bristol here. Jason Roy blasted his third fifty while Jos Buttler started off brilliantly as England raced away to a great start

Get live cricket score of India vs England 3rd T20 from Bristol here. Jason Roy blasted his third fifty while Jos Buttler started off brilliantly as England raced away to a great start

He did not enjoy much of the success in the first two games of the series but it was Rohit Sharma show all the way as India beat England to clinch the three-match Twenty20 series here on Sunday.

When Root speaks in press conferences, he constantly - sometimes monotonously - talks about the team and how he just wants England to do well. He missed one match and was then recalled for England's next assignment, a one-day tour to the Caribbean, and has not looked back since, being elevated to the Test captaincy and now sitting in the top ten of both the ODI and Test batting rankings.

It is a harsh, if not unexpected, blow for a batsman who during England's last outing in Robin Hood country four weeks ago blazed 147 from 92 balls to help post the monstrous 481 for six against Australia, and two years earlier had pummelled Pakistan's bowlers for 171 runs in the previous men's ODI record of 444 for three. "He is such a big asset to all three teams and with him firing hopefully throughout this series we will see some really strong performances from him and long term for England that is a really good thing", he said.

Whether Root can keep scoring white-ball... "Over the last couple of years, I've been fairly consistent because I've tried to play in that manner and tried to play a role for this team which benefits the group". "You've got to always try to stay true to yourself", he replied. I'm hungry to do so. I wouldn't say Ben Stokes is an automatic pick but you will always be tempted to get him back in the side when he's fit'.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England. "I've been quite quiet this summer so far but I've got that bit between my teeth now and it's a great chance to go on and do something special".

"It is very important, since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world", said Sharma. "Playing for England comes first". "In the past year or so we have played some good cricket, in and out of India, this tour brings another challenge for us", Rohit said. "They will bring different challenges to what we've recently faced but we know if we play to our potential, we will be a very hard side to beat, especially at home".

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