England batsman Joe Root was happy that a back to basics approach paid off for him in the third and final ODI against India at Headingley.
Root became the first English batsman to score hundreds in consecutive ODIs when he hit the winning runs in Leeds.
Having been dropped during the T20I series Root decided that he would revert to what had always been successful for him and try to be a foil for the aggressive players around him.
Speaking to TMS after the eight wicket victory that sealed a 2-1 series win Root said: “It’s the way cricket goes – sometimes you go through tough periods and you have to go back to basics and think clearly. It’s been nice to make two big contributions.
“You’re always looking at ways you can improve and for me it was about going back to things that worked for me in the past. I wanted to be consistent and let the boys play around me.”
Root and skipper Eoin Morgan were able to completely negate the threat of left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
The England middle-order man admitted though he still needs to improve the way he plays against spin.
He said: “I felt I was picking him [Kuldeep] alright but my movements – I wasn’t moving my feet quickly and that’s ultimately the best way to play spin. I had a real think about how I was going to go about it and I managed to find a way to get back to where I want to be.”
England have now won eight consecutive bilateral series, home and away, while snapping India’s own streak which had stretched to nine.
What a way to win it! 🙌
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Olly Stone has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a partial lower back stress fracture.
It’ll take a superb spell of bowling or a shambolic batting collapse for either side to win from here.
Day three was great... while it lasted....
“I need more time to think, that’s the honest answer. It’s a big decision, it’s a big commitment.”
The cricketing world raised £382,462 towards the Ruth Strauss Foundation.
An awful lot of England players average 30-odd recently.
Jofra Archer getting his England Test cap was a lovely thing.
Virat Kohli scoring another hundred, obviously.