Root set to be available for entire ODI series against India

“Joe should be ready for selection for the first ODI”

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England batsman Joe Root is on track to join the rest of his team-mates in India following the birth of his son on Saturday morning.

Root has delayed his departure to India as he wanted to be with his partner Carrie for the birth of their first child.

The 26-year-old has opted not to take an extended paternity leave and is scheduled to arrive in Mumbai on Thursday, which will give him adequate time to prepare ahead of the first game of the five-match series on Sunday in Pune.

“He (Root’s son) and his wife are healthy which is great news and Joe should be ready for selection for the first ODI, which is also great news,” England limited overs captain Eoin Morgan said.

Root recently featured in the gruelling five-Test series against India, which England lost 4-0, and there have been calls to manage his workload. However, with England set to have a break after their limited overs tour of India, Morgan pointed out that Root will have enough time to rest and recuperate ahead of the team’s long summer.

“We always consider that because Joe is first on the list to be rested if there is an opportunity,” he said. “We feel given this is a short series and we have three weeks at home before the West Indies tour, that the lead in to our summer is pretty casual really when you look at the international calendar and the opportunity for him to rest.

“So there’s always the debate and we feel at the moment there’s enough rest between now and the Champions Trophy for him to feel fresh at the start of June.”

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