India v England: Joe Root sets sights on Test debut

Joe Root is hoping he has done enough to earn his England debut on the current tour in India, having scored 166 in a warm-up match.

The 21-year-old Yorkshire opener compiled the runs against DY Patil Academy for the England Performance Programme (EPP) side this week.

“It was crucial I took the opportunity and have the weight of runs behind me,” he told BBC Sport.

“If I said I wasn’t disappointed not to play in the first Test, I’d be lying.”

Root lost out on a Test debut to Nick Compton in the first Test and also missed England’s series-levelling victory in the second Test after Jonny Bairstow was called in to replace Ian Bell, who had gone home for the birth of his first child. Read more
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