Joe Root will stay in England T20I side even if Ben Stokes returns, says Paul Farbrace

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Joe Root will remain in England’s side for the Twenty20 internationals (T20Is) against India despite all-rounder Ben Stokes returning to the team, Paul Farbrace has said.

Stokes will mark his return from a hamstring injury that he sustained during the second Test against Pakistan in June, when he turns out for county club Durham in their T20 game against Yorkshire on July 5.

Stokes will only start as a batsman in that game though, and is expected to be fit for the third and final T20I against India that his scheduled to be played in Bristol on July 8.

England have been in magnificent limited-overs form, after registering a 28-run win over Australia in a one-off T20I that came after a 5-0 thrashing of the Australians in the 50-over format.

Farbrace is of the view that there is a place for Root in all the formats including the T20I team.

“Absolutely. You need your best batsman,” insisted Farbrace. “I can’t believe anybody else in our set-up would argue against that.

“He (Root) is world-class in all forms of the game. You do need nous, and you do need people playing in different ways.

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“There will be times when he is the outstanding player in a T20 game and gets us over the line.

“The best players adapt and score runs, whether it is 20 overs or 50 overs or Test match cricket, and he is without doubt one of the finest players in the world.

“He could go anywhere from three to six – and it is nice having that flexibility and that cool, calm head.”

Meanwhile, the stand-in coach is excited to have Stokes back as soon as possible, and stressed the things he brings to the side.

“Ben – the fact he is a three-in-one, he can bowl and he is the best fielder – you are going to bring him in as soon as he is available,” he added.

Wicketkeeper batsman Jos Buttler was promoted to opener against Australia on Wednesday and he took his opportunity by smashing England’s fastest-ever T20 fifty, off just 22 balls.

Alex Hales didn’t have bad outing either, scoring 49 off 24 balls.

“Jos played magnificently well… (but) you could easily argue a couple of others could have had a go – and maybe Halesy walked to the crease with a bit of a point to prove,” added Farbrace.

And while there is competition in the side for places – England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan is set to take the final call over who misses out if and when Stokes is recalled.

“You are going to go with the captain pretty much every time, because he takes the team on to the field,” said Farbrace.

“There are not going to be any violent disagreements. But we were sitting chatting about the possibilities – and it is not obvious.”

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Captain Eoin Morgan praises England for their 'fantastic performance' against Australia

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Jos Buttler was again in sensational form for England

Eoin Morgan hailed “another fantastic performance” after Jos Buttler‘s move up the order paid instant dividends and England proved Australia’s white-ball masters for the sixth time in a fortnight.

Buttler (61) hit England’s fastest ever Twenty20 half-century, from 21 balls, in only his second innings as an international white-ball opener and first for two years as they racked up their highest home total in the format at Edgbaston.

Adil Rashid (three for 27) and Chris Jordan (three for 42) then ensured England comfortably defended 221 for five, despite Australia captain Aaron Finch’s 84 from 41 balls in a reply which ended on 193 all out.

Morgan’s men therefore added a 28-run success in this one-off IT20 to their historic 5-0 one-day international whitewash of Australia. He said: “It was another fantastic performance.

“With the bat, we started off outstandingly well, with Jos up to the top of the order for us – he and Jason (Roy) really did get us off to a flier, expressing themselves against that new ball.

“From there, we managed to kick on, didn’t take our foot off the pedal.”

England’s remarkable strength in depth gives all their batsmen freedom to attack at will.

“We’re lucky at the moment, we probably have six out of the top seven that could open the batting,” Morgan added on Sky Sports.

“With the likes of (Jonny) Bairstow coming in at number six and Moeen (Ali) at number seven, you can keep going hard.

“That really paid off today.

“We got about 15-20 over par – and we needed them, with Australia coming back hard at us with the bat.”

Finch was just starting to test England’s mettle, when he was caught inches inside the long-on boundary off Rashid.

Morgan said: “Adil held his nerve to throw it up there and make it turn, and make that false shot happen.

“They probably thought the rate was up, so something had to happen – and that was the reason I brought Adil on at that time.”

It was one final disappointment of a singularly unsuccessful tour for Australia, and their coach Justin Langer admitted afterwards he can only admire
England’s collective ability at present.

Asked if his charges will be scarred by the experience of having to face them, or will prove stronger as they vie for places in the team which will try to defend Australia’s World Cup title in England next summer, he said: “We’ll find out, won’t we?

“We’ve got young guys coming in against the best one-day team in the world.

“I’ve been absolutely blown away by how well England are playing.

“They’re at the peak of their powers right now, and we’ve come up against them.

“A few of the boys have walked into the jungle, and we’ll see how they go over the next two, three or 10 years.”

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Proof that Jos Buttler is learning from MS Dhoni the wicketkeeper as well

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After he pulled of a remarkable chase in the fifth ODI against Australia by hitting an unbeaten century, England batsman Jos Buttler said he did what India icon MS Dhoni would do in a pressure situation while chasing.

England seemed down and out at 114-8 chasing 205 in Manchester but Buttler secured a one-wicket win after hitting 110.

After the match, Buttler said he tried to stay as calm as India veteran Dhoni, who has steered his team victory during tense chases on numerous occasions.

“I just tried to soak up the pressure and tried to imagine what MS Dhoni would do. He would look unflustered and look calm and try to not panic till the end,” Buttler said.

And it seems batting is not the only area Buttler is trying to emulate Dhoni. During the one-off T20 against Australia on Wednesday, Buttler kept wickets and it was the use of his right leg while standing up to the stumps that caught the eye.

Dhoni came up with the idea of sticking his right leg out almost parallel to the ground when the batsman attempts to cut the ball. The idea is to stop the ball from going to third man. It’s a dangerous tactic as it means the keeper is off balance and can miss faint edges.

MS Dhoni started using his right leg while keeping to stop cut shots.

MS Dhoni started using his right leg while keeping to stop cut shots.

Buttler seems to have picked up on that. In the T20 against the Aussies, Buttler could be seen sticking his leg out as far as he could.

It is a very unusual technique that is not part of any coaching manual. Wicketkeepers are taught to rise with the ball and move with the gloves.

It looks like Buttler is determined to become England’s all-conquering Dhoni.

Aaron Finch guides the ball past Jos Buttler.

Aaron Finch guides the ball past Jos Buttler.

And just to give an example of what a ‘classic’ wicketkeeper would do, below is an image of Pakistan captain and gloveman Sarfraz Ahmed attempting to stop a late cut from England’s Joe Root in a T20 in 2015.

Joe Root cuts past Sarfraz Ahmed.

Joe Root cuts past Sarfraz Ahmed.

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