Eoin Morgan says Joe Root absence from England ODI squad leaves a massive hole

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Source : Sky Sports

Eoin Morgan says a massive hole has been left by the absence of Joe Root for the one day series against India. Root, who has lost his place in the T20 team has scored 16 centuries averaging 50.10 in the ODI format. Root has been rested for the three-match ODI series owing to the crammed schedule in 2021 culminating with the Ashes.

“I hope it doesn’t change the dynamics too much but obviously losing Joe Root leaves a massive hole,” Morgan said. “He’s a guy who scores at a run a ball and averages 50, he’s an exceptional player and has been for a long time. We will miss him, but it is just a matter of somebody slotting in at three and going about it in their own way.”

Sam Billings and Liam Livingstone look the most likely to replace Root in the batting lineup but Morgan didn’t reveal which of the two would do so. Reece Topley and spinner Matt Parkinson will be hoping to get a game sometime during the series. Moeen Ali would also be hoping to feature in the series after enduring a disappointing winter. The all-rounder tested positive for COVID-19 and played just one Test match before flying back hoe for his scheduled rest.

“He certainly takes it within his stride, the little period that Mo spent at home before this series has done him the world of good,” Morgan added. “He’s come back refreshed and with plenty of energy. He’s a very relaxed guy who always has a reasonable perspective on life and sport and the role that it plays in society. He’s travelling really well.”

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