Paul Farbrace considers Joe Root as England’s best player

Joe Root dropped by England for India T20 decider as Ben Stokes returns

Test captain Root Credit REUTERS

More World Cup agony awaits England, this time in 50-over cricket next year, if India are going to play with all the assurance, skill and confidence they displayed on Thursday in this emphatic first one-day global victory at Trent Bridge.

"Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you've left out the side", Farbrace told reporters.

The poor run led to the 27-year-old's omission in favour of returning all-rounder Ben Stokes, but the change did little to help England as the hosts fell to defeat at Bristol. India's ODI series in England can be considered an important step towards preparing for 2019 Cricket World Cup, which is scheduled in England and Wales. "We all know that his response will be to work harder, try harder and score more runs - that's the nature of him", Farbrace said.

"I still think, and I genuinely believe it, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that".

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As India get ready to take on England in the first ODI of the three-match ODI series, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman picked his playing XI for the first ODI.

Root's role in T20 cricket has come under inadvertent scrutiny in recent months, partly as a outcome of his huge importance to England's fortunes in the longer formats.

However, Root hasn't been in the best of forms in the shortest format of the game.

"He has the ability to hit boundaries. It's the same for bowlers - it's about wickets and economy rates in T20 cricket".

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Nepal gained ODI status at the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe earlier this year while the Netherlands regained it earlier by winning the ICC World Cricket League Championship.

Fifth-placed Pakistan will have to win the series against Zimbabwe by a margin of 4-1 in order to ensure they do not slip behind sixth-placed Australia, while 10th-ranked Zimbabwe will have to pull off a 4-1 win over Pakistan in order to leapfrog Afghanistan and move up one spot in the rankings table. It's a great opportunity for us to play a strong Indian team who will pose different challenges to what Australia did at the start of the summer.

"I know I said 10 days ago that he wouldn't get left out", Farbrace said.

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