Root looking to compound India's misery

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England batsman Joe Root is looking forward to getting the ODI series against India under way, saying they are still riding on the momentum of winning the Test series, and the first game's washout didn't change that.

England batsman Joe Root is looking forward to getting the ODI series against India under way, saying they are still riding on the momentum of winning the Test series, and the first game's washout didn't change that.

The opening match in Bristol was abandoned without the toss or a ball bowled, so the show moves to Cardiff, and Root is eager to add to the 500-odd runs he scored in the Test series, to compound India's woes.

Root denied being affected by the rain: "No, we haven't lost any momentum. But we have had an extra day's practice as a whole squad and we didn't lose time to rain in that sense.

"What happened in the Test series is still in the back of our minds and we want to take that momentum forward. We want to start well in this series and a couple of wins will be very handy in that sense going ahead.

"The World Cup (in Australia-New Zealand) is obviously something we are planning towards but we cannot look too far ahead. India are a good side in the ODI format and we will have to play very good cricket to beat them.

"We are in a good place as a team at the minute and we are looking forward to the game."

Root was looking forward to getting on the park with the likes of Alex Hales, on the brink of his ODI debut, while saying that the batting line-up was a formidable one, even with a few changes made from the Test side.

He added: "The Test players have been picked in the ODI side because they are very capable of making big scores in a one-day series and we have prepared really well as a unit. This is an exciting time for us.

"There is not much wrong with our batting order at moment. Alex Hales is an explosive player, exciting to watch and we are looking forward to seeing him doing his stuff.

"Then we have Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler down the order and we have seen that they can win matches on their own. We have a good balance in our side and this series will be a good judge of that."

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