Joe Root aiming to score more ODI centuries for England

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Joe Root is eyeing more one-day international tons after becoming England‘s most prolific century-maker, though his next one is unlikely to be celebrated with another bat-drop.

Root reached three figures in back-to-back games in the ODI series with India, which England won 2-1 having claimed an eight-wicket victory at Headingley on Tuesday.

England’s number three had trailed Marcus Trescothick by one century heading into the three-match series but Root’s successive unbeaten tons took him to a record 13 from 110 innings.

However, given he is still just 27, Root feels there is plenty more to come.

“It’s not a big thing, I don’t think – it’s obviously nice but I feel I’ve got a lot more to give this ODI team for hopefully a long time,” he said.

“Hopefully, there’s quite a few more (hundreds) left.”

Those might be marked with the customary removal of the helmet and the raised bat after Root revealed his uneasiness with his on-pitch celebrations in Leeds.

England needed just one run to win to the match but Root required a boundary to bring up 100 and, after swatting Hardik Pandya to the fence, the Yorkshireman responded by mimicking a ‘mic-drop’ with his bat.

Former US president Barack Obama and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner are among those to have dropped the mic for emphasis at the end of speeches but Root’s act will likely be a one-off.

“It was something that I immediately regretted,” he added.

“I’ve not heard the end of it, it was literally the most embarrassing thing I’ve done on a cricket field! I don’t think it will be the last I hear of it from the group – they’ve been hammering me.

“You’d think if you were going to do a celebration like that, you’d have smacked it 30 yards out…it was just an absolute car crash!”

Attention now turns to the Tests for England when Root will lead a team in five matches against India.

The first meeting between the two is at Edgbaston in an encounter which begins on August 1 and could finish the day before the date set for all-rounder Ben Stokes’ trial for affray.

Stokes looks set to miss the second Test at Lord’s due to the trial expecting to last between five and seven days, yet Root has no concerns over his mental state heading into the first game.

“We are going to pick our best team and make sure we go into that series with the strongest squad,” Root said.

“If Ben’s fit to play, he’ll be up for selection. He loves playing cricket, he loves being out there – you can see when he’s on a cricket field he’s fully engaged with what’s going on.

“He wants the ball all the time. He wants to be involved in what’s happening and I’m sure that will be exactly the same throughout that game.”

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England laid down a marker for next year’s World Cup by sealing a one-day international series triumph over India with a performance captain Eoin Morgan called “clinical”.

Having thrashed Australia 5-0 last month, the top-ranked ODI side in the world claimed a 2-1 series success over India – their first over that opponent since 2011 – by recording an eight-wicket win in Tuesday’s decider at Headingley.

It was achieved in style, with 33 balls to spare, as Yorkshireman Joe Root reached a record 13th ODI century with a four that he celebrated with a ‘mic-drop’ of his bat.

England had lost the first game of the series by eight wickets but had responded with two mammoth victories of their own that suggested they may be favourites for a 2019 World Cup on home soil.


“We started poorly (but) as the series has gone on we have improved,” England skipper Morgan said.








“It is a benefit of playing a bilateral series. You play against the same team over and over again, it can present different challenges – that constant improvement has been brilliant since Trent Bridge. I thought it was clinical, right from the get go.”



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England captain Eoin Morgan called his team’s eight-wicket victory over India “clinical” as Joe Root‘s second consecutive unbeaten century helped them to a one-day international series success.

Root greeted a winning boundary that also brought up his ton at Headingley by performing a statement ‘mic-drop’ celebration with his bat – an act that provided an emphatic end to an emphatic victory in this decider.

India had won their previous nine bilateral ODI series, and had not lost a series to England in this format since 2011, yet those streaks always looked like ending when David Willey and Adil Rashid claimed three wickets apiece in restricting the tourists to 256 for eight.

It was then another Yorkshire player Root and Morgan who took centre stage by producing an unbroken 186-run third-wicket stand to see England over the line with 33 balls left.

Having lost the initial match of the three-match series by eight wickets, this performance in a winner-takes-all contest was also a further indication that an England side that thrashed Australia 5-0 last month can be considered favourites for a 2019 World Cup on home soil.

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“We started poorly (but) as the series has gone on we have improved,” Morgan said.

“It is a benefit of playing a bilateral series. You play against the same team over and over again, it can present different challenges – that constant improvement has been brilliant since Trent Bridge.

“Today I thought it was clinical, right from the get go.”

England were able to cruise to their victory target thanks to Jonny Bairstow’s brisk 30 from 13 deliveries and James Vince’s run-a-ball 27.

With Root and Morgan’s alliance evenly balanced, it looked like England may get home before either man had an opportunity to make three figures.

Morgan did not – finishing unbeaten on 88 – but Root did to pass Marcus Trescothick with a record 13th ODI century, though the way he celebrated it was met with bemusement by his skipper.

“He caught me off guard completely,” Morgan added. “He’s made a fool of himself!

“The composure he’s shown, particularly in the last two games, is the Joe Root we know and trust.

“He’s been outstanding even when he’s been low on runs – around the group he’s been the same guy, hungry for runs, hopefully that continues for the rest of the summer.”

Morgan was not the only captain left bemused in Leeds.

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India, who Morgan had inserted, may have fared better had Virat Kohli not been snared on 71 by a Rashid delivery that pitched in line with leg and ripped into off stump to leave the tourists’ skipper staring at the pitch in disbelief.

“It’s definitely the most satisfying wicket I’ve taken,” Rashid said.

“Virat Kohli is one of the best players in the world.”

England’s victory left India’s Shardul Thakur believing they are the team to beat at the forthcoming World Cup.

“They are obviously favourites because its their home conditions,” he said.

“England know better how to play cricket here, so other teams have a big challenge to play here.”

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