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Cricbuzz news Root challenges Test outfit to keep improving and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013417000000

With his second successive hundred of the ODI series at Headingley, Joe Root became a man apart. It was his 13th ODI hundred for England and puts him on top of the country's all-time list of one-day century makers, moving past Somerset opener Marcus Trescothick who Root had joined on twelve with his century on Saturday at Lord's. At 27 years of age, Root already has claims to be England's best ever one-day batsman and there is surely more - much more- to come.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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Cricinfo news Root challenges Test outfit to keep improving and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info.18 Thursday October 2018 013417000000

It seems a long time ago now that Root entered this series with his form questioned and having just been dropped from England's T20 side. Before his two hundreds, he had scored just two half-centuries in 12 innings across all international formats this summer and admitted before the series that he was frustrated at how things had been going. After the first match at Trent Bridge, batting coach Graham Thorpe said Root was hitting the ball well in the nets but just needed a break.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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Vcricket news Root challenges Test outfit to keep improving and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013417000000

While his place in England's T20 side is not currently guaranteed, mainly due to a lack of game-time in that format which he could rectify with a Big Bash stint this winter, Root's position as the number three in the ODI side was never in doubt even after his struggles in the five match series against Australia. He averages 52 overall in ODI cricket and is the glue that binds together an England batting order that needs his class and nous to complement its bounty of explosiveness and aggression.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] His centuries at Lord's and here at Headingley were not only an emphatic return to form but were also perfect examples of what he brings to this line-up: an ability to assess and adapt to any sort of surface, equal proficiency against both pace and spin and a range of strokeplay with which he can manoeuvre the field to his whim. "The composure he's shown in the last two games is the Joe Root we know and trust," said Eoin Morgan, England's captain.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "It's been a weird one really, I've not felt like I've been playing poorly or there's been any sort of glaring mistakes in my game, but I think it's why it was more frustrating," Root said in Leeds with the man of the series award round his neck. "I just went back to what has held me in really good stead for such a long time -- trying to keep focusing on playing the situation, letting the guys bat around me and giving them the freedom to go and play."[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] Root's playing of Kuldeep was particularly impressive given the left-arm wrist-spinner had dismissed him twice in the first three balls he had bowled to Root on this tour, at Old Trafford in the first IT20 and then at Trent Bridge in the opening ODI. His technical play against him in the final two ODIs - generally playing back at Lord's and then forward here in Leeds - was outstanding and was achieved after Root noted his movements against Kuldeep had to be crisper and quicker.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "I looked at the three balls I faced and got out to," Root smiled. "I felt like I was picking him fine and when you look at it for what it actually was, both games my movements weren't quick enough and I wasn't getting close enough to the ball, either going forward or back. Best players of spin in the world, their footwork is always sharp and when that contact point is there, you're as still as possible."[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] With just one run needed for victory at Headingley and Root three runs short of a century, the right-hander managed to club the ball away for four to secure England's win, reach three figures and take him past Trescothick in England's all-time list. He celebrated with a "bat drop" - reminiscent of Barack Obama's famous "mic drop" at a White House dinner - which, in hindsight, Root now regrets. "I've not heard the end of it, it was literally the most embarrassing thing I've done on a cricket field," he joked, putting his head in his hands.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "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 of the park...it was just an absolute car crash."[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] With the limited overs portion of the summer out of the way, Root and England will now focus their attention on the five-match Test series against India which begins on August 1 at Edgbaston. In contrast to the world number one ODI team, England's Test side currently embodies mid-table mediocrity and the India series looms as a real examination of their mettle. Even in English conditions, India will present a formidable challenge.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] While some of the Test team are currently playing for England Lions against India 'A', Root will prepare by playing for Yorkshire against Lancashire in the County Championship game which begins on Sunday (July 22). The battle between him and Virat Kohli, ranked third and second in the Test rankings respectively, will be just one of a number of intriguing match-ups throughout the series and with his twin hundreds in the ODI series, Root is comprehensively winning that battle right now.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] Not that England's Test captain thinks too much can be drawn from the one-day matches once the red-ball action begins. "It's a completely different format and I think more importantly, [England need to] take all the good stuff we did in that last Test here [at Headingley] against Pakistan and try to replicate as much of that as possible. It left us a good benchmark.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "The way we approached it as a group, the mindset and attitude was really good. It was a good starting point for this team to kick-on after what's been a difficult winter. That's how I am going to judge it and that's what I am going to put to the guys: how can we take that forward now?[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "One thing that's been really good about this one-day group [is] the attitude this team has to learning and developing, something we are trying hard to replicate within the Test team. One thing we are trying to instil in this group is we've got to keep improving.[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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[*^] "We've got to find windows within a summer, within a series, to work on things and look ahead and make sure we're ready for different surfaces, to make sure we are ready if it spins a little bit earlier within the game - when we get to Sri Lanka for example, we are ready for those surfaces as well. Hopefully over time, and it's not something that will happen overnight, we'll see big improvements long-term within the group."[*^]18 Thursday October 2018 023417000000

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