Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Vince to replace injured Jason Roy in ODI India series decider

Vince to replace injured Jason Roy in ODI India series decider

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of England's eight-wicket stroll at Headingley was the fact that India's spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, were kept wicketless on a surface that had aided Moeen Ali and, in particular, Adil Rashid.

When the Yorkshire batsman hit the winning boundary that both took him to exactly 100 not out and clinched an eight-wicket win with 33 balls to spare that saw England seal a 2-1 success in a three-match series, he dropped his bat. Though either could be knocked over by Pakistan on a good day, England and India are the best one-day sides in the world and certainly the most consistent, replete with genius, daring and attitude.

Test skipper Root hit the winning boundary to reach three figures and end India's run of nine straight bilateral ODI series wins.

Stokes has yet to return to his best after his latest injury setbacks and was subdued for much of the one-day series against India but Root insists he is not distracted by the prospect of his day in court. I don't think it will be the last I hear of it from the group - they've been hammering me.

"To come into a big series like this and perform how we have as a side is great".

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It brought up his 13th ODI century, the most ever by an England batsman.

He said: "You'd think if you were going to do a celebration like that you'd have smacked it 30 yards out of the ground but it didn't really get there did it?"

Root said his England ODI skipper Eoin Morgan told him he had "made a fool of himself", and now cringes at the very mention of the gesture.

"You'd think if you were going to do a celebration like that, you'd have smacked it 30 yards.it was just an absolute auto crash". "He wanted to show him the wear and tear the ball had endured, to get a general idea of what the conditions were like".

But Joe Root, England's Test captain, had no doubt about Stokes being in the right frame of mind to play at Edgbaston despite a looming court appearance. Instead Root and Morgan held back waiting to see if the ball would go for four.

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