It promises to be a busy year in terms of global cricket at Headingley, with Yorkshire will also staging four World Cup fixtures across June and July, hosting Afghanistan, England, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and West Indies. Root had the wherewithal, the soft hands, the time to play the ball late and an array of strokes to take advantage of any errors in line and length.
Root was speaking after both he and Stokes played in the England side that beat India by eight wickets in the third one-day worldwide at Headingley on Tuesday to seal a 2-1 series win.
England relied on Joe Root and Eoin Morgan to win the third ODI and clinch the series 2-1. Rashid-Ali have been doing very well for England and have been taking those wickets in the middle parts of the overs. This year is probably the best we've seen him bowl. The men in blue have struggled badly in the past in the longer format of the game in England. At the toss, Kohli had said it was not a tactical decision to play Bhuvneshwar; he said he wanted to give all the fast bowlers a chance in the series. I also played a lot of one-day cricket also before the TNPL and played one Test against Afghanistan.
Having whitewashed a weakened Australia 5-0 last month, the manner of victory in Tuesday's winner-takes-all clash would have further encouraged England, who will look to win the World Cup for the first time next year as hosts.
23-year-old Kuldeep was arguably India's best bowler in the ODI series which India lost 1-2 against England. And it is in his favour at the moment because the ball is not swinging. Just look at the weather we have had. It was same for India, who thought England will be a walkover after the first ODI. He adds that extra bit of pace and surprise factor India will need.
"They are obviously favourites because its their home conditions", India paceman Shardul Thakur said. "Hopefully, I can use my experience from a year ago when I played in England, adapt quickly and bowl well", he said. You could have said the same about India as well.