Cook: Root made all the difference

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England captain Alastair Cook was relived to finally get on the board in the ODI series against India, despite it being the final game and thus of no consequence, and praised batsman Joe Root's efforts.

England captain Alastair Cook was relived to finally get on the board in the ODI series against India, despite it being the final game and thus of no consequence, and praised batsman Joe Root's efforts.

Root scored 113 of the side's 294 runs, and England ended up winning by 41 runs to avoid a whitewash. Cook was pleased that someone in their top order finally got it right, with Root continuing his good form from the Tests.

Cook told ecb.co.uk after the match: "We played nicely. That is the kind of the standard we need to play at and we know that.

"Like I have said when we have been losing, there are some good players in this one-day team, we just haven't shown it. It's incredibly frustrating when you do play like that.

"Joe Root was fantastic. We talked about one of the top four or five going on and getting a really big score. When you do that it makes a massive difference."

He added of the Yorkshire batsman: "He played lovely. He has had a great summer with the bat.

"We know what a star he is going to be and what a great attitude he has. It was a good moment for him at Headingley."

While Root was pleased with his century, he was more disappointed about the series defeat, and hoped the side had learned some lessons to take forward towards the World Cup.

He said: "Things like that are always nice to have. More importantly, you want to win series and trophies.

"Unfortunately, we have not been able to do that on this occasion, but hopefully we can take a lot from this series and learn from some really good cricket that India have played.

"Hopefully that will stand us in good stead going forward."

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