Joe Root's exclusion from T20 to fuel England test captain's desire

Joe Root's exclusion from T20 to fuel England test captain's desire

His latest haul - the best by any spinner in an ODI against England - helped India dismiss the hosts for 268 in Nottingham, with opener Rohit Sharma then making 137 not out as the tourists won with almost 10 overs remaining.

In the opening ODI, spin can be the key factor as the Trent Bridge ground will be drier than normal. The victory by eight wickets, and with 9.5 overs remaining, came after the hosts were all out for 268 with a ball to spare on a sunny afternoon in Nottingham.

Sorting out a plan against the 23-year-old Kuldeep and his left-arm mystery is a matter of urgency not least of which because a repeat at Lord's on Saturday will see them lose a home series for the first time since Australia in 2015.

India wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav is hoping for a Test call for the ongoing India-England series after his career-best 6/25 in the first ODI on Thursday.

"You need people who can manipulate the strike, who can play spin bowling well and can keep you in tight games, that's a skill Joe has and he has the ability to hit boundaries".

"That's the way that you'd expect all of [Virat] Kohli's teams to play, so we're going to have to play extremely well to win it". England have been one of the finest 50 over sides in recent times and India will have their task cut against a batting line-up comprising Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan. In the deciding match at Bristol, it was the turn of Chahal to take centre stage as he limited England's progress, restricting them to just 30 runs off his four overs. Four balls later, Bairstow was trapped lbw via DRS, failing to read the googly.

And when Kuldeep Yadav returned he had Buttler caught behind for 53 thanks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni's impressive reflexes.




"One thing is for sure is it is great to see Ben Stokes back to somewhere near fully fit. It's hard because of the limited opportunities I've had to play T20 cricket, but the thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first".

Stokes became the fifth after his uncharacteristically sticky 103-ball 50, reverse sweeping Kuldeep to backward point, and Willey the sixth before Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali had a thrash late on.

Asked whether he had done enough to force his way in, Kohli smiled. "And looking at the way, the English batsmen have struggled against them, we might be tempted to do it", said Kohli after Thursday's match.

Such was Kuldeep's brilliance that it prompted Kohli to hint that the chinaman bowler might feature in India's Test XI against England later on. There might be a few surprises there (Test squad), we have a few days to pick the Test side.

"That's obviously the situation Morgs (skipper Eoin Morgan) and the selectors found themselves in and they went with that".

One bright spot in an otherwise gloomy night.

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