England in India 2012-13 January 28, 2013

Giles surprised at Root's success

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Ashley Giles, England's limited-overs coach, has admitted being taken by surprise at how quickly Joe Root has settled into the international arena. Root, the Yorkshire batsman, was one of the players to significantly enhance his reputation during the ODI series against India that finished on Sunday.

A mark of Root's swift rise is that he will now be involved in all three formats on the tour to New Zealand, having previously been expected to only be a fringe player this winter. First, he was given a Test debut in Nagpur, then he was added to the Twenty20 squad before Christmas when Jonny Bairstow was ruled out, and the same situation emerged for the one-dayers when Bairstow remained unavailable.

His success in India then prompted the selectors to remove him from the Lions tour to Australia, where he was due to be captain, and send him for the ODIs in New Zealand, while Danny Briggs' injury opened up a spot in the Twenty20 squad.

Root's standout performance came in the fourth match, when he struck 57 off 45 balls and then followed that with 31 in England's successful run chase in Dharamsala. However, he also impressed in the field and with the ball, and his offspin became a useful option for Alastair Cook.

"I didn't know he could bat as well as he has," Giles said. "He had all the ingredients to show that he could bat really well. He just looks at home and he's the sort of player with which English cricket is in good hands.

"Joe's had a fantastic first tour and has developed game on game into someone who is playing all forms of the game."

The other player to shine consistently through the one-day tour was offspinner James Tredwell, who claimed 11 wickets at 18.18 in the five matches. His success has been enough for Giles to suggest that England could consider playing both him and Graeme Swann in the same team, although the likelihood is that Tredwell will be back as the reserve for the ODIs against New Zealand next month.

"It just gives us great options - I don't see at some point why you couldn't play two offspinners in the same side," Giles said. "Tredders has been fantastic this trip."

The five-match series was also a steep learning curve for Giles in his first assignment as the limited-overs coach, having taken over from Andy Flower in the new England coaching structure. Giles now takes the squad to New Zealand for three Twenty20s and three ODIs, the latter will provide more fine-tuning ahead of the Champions Trophy, and he is feeling more at home with each match.

"Certainly I have learned a lot about this level and as the tour has gone on I have become more and more myself," he said. "It has been an enjoyable tour, playing cricket in these beautiful arenas, and while we are disappointed to lose, we have learned a lot."

England have a couple of days off after arriving in Auckland before starting their preparations for the warm-up matches ahead of the Twenty20 series. They play two matches against a New Zealand XI that will include former captain Ross Taylor, as he continues the process of returning to the national side following his self-imposed break during the South Africa tour after his controversial sacking.

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  • Lmaotsetung on January 31, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    What does Sachin and Pakistan have to do in an article about a young and upcoming England cricketer?

  • Fast_Track_Bully-tvumpire.com on January 31, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    OMG! Some cricket Pundits do not know the statics of own players!!! Saeed Ajmal got 10 wickets in India in his 4 ODI matches and he got 5 of them in the last match. (But Pakistan lost it.) He never played test in India. Saqlain Mushtaq played 3 ODIs and got 6 wikets only! In 6 innings he got 24 in test which is decent. Is it called called 'DID WELL' in India!!! Similarly, someone say that Balaji and Pathan gone thru your 'strong' batting lineup several times in the last series when India played against you. Even if there were pathetic Pakistan umpires, they 'did well' to earn it.

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 30, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    @lesslowe Sachin has already retired from ODIS and he did not block pujara in ODIs (nor in tests) . So be at peace and forget sachin for a while.

  • lesslowe on January 30, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    Kudos to Joe Root for performing so well in India. The youth has a very very long way to go in International cricket. The game needs more youngsters like him and Pujara. Which is why Sachin Tendulkar needs to hang up his gloves. The man has overstayed his welcome.....BY A LONG WAY. Go Mr. Sachin. Make way for a youth like Root who impresses.

  • RodStark on January 29, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    I see no reason why Tredwell should not play alongside Swann in ODIs even if they are very similar. In fact, their similarity is a disadvantage in a sense because I'm sure England wish the laws allowed Swann to bowl more than the allotted ten overs. With Tredwell, you can have up to 20 Swann-like overs, leaving only 30 to be bowled by the generally less talented seamers.

  • Jay.Raj on January 29, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    1. Cook 2. pietersen 3. Bell 4. Morgan 5. Root 6. Patel 7. Prior 8. Tredwell 9. Broad 10. Finn 11. Anderson 12th man. Swann FOR ODI!!!!!!!

  • Apocalypse_EX on January 29, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    His domestic stats aren't great but he is sure to improve the numbers & go all the way. Has a neat temperament and seemed responsible enough in the middle. England will do well to give him as many chances as he can get.

  • TripleCenturian on January 29, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    Vaughan is now advocating promoting Root to open in the test series v New Zealand in preparation for the summer Ashes, so Bairstow can return at six. Good call in the long term for England, but not Yorkshire. Compton may start the next series as the opener but without a ton in the first two tests he may need to make way for Joe to continue his progress to the opening slot where his temperament and technique will be a perfect foil for Cook for years to come.

  • Charlie101 on January 29, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    @landl47 Do you not think that KP should bowl more in all forms of the game ??He gives it a tweak and he has a number of test wickets ( Headingly against SA ). I believe he started his career as a bowler before concentrating on batting. Yuvraj bowls very well for India in ODIs and T20s as we know to our cost and KP is almost good a bowler as Yuvraj ( put in " almost " so we are saved 300 Indian posts about how marvelous Yuvi is )

  • cricfan44510660 on January 29, 2013, 13:27 GMT

    @land47...so Jonathan Trott & KP are unable to bowl? Really? Think you may need to have a look at their stats...both bowl...not brilliantly, but well enough to be 6th option. That said, I totally agree about Dernbach that he just doesn't cut it at International level and for some reason, the same can be said for Kieswetter these days too. I think we looked a far better outfit in the 5th one dayer, drop Patel, Woakes and Tredwell for Trott, Anderson and Swann (I'm sort of OK with Buttler as keeper though think Prior would be more consistent both keeping and at 6/7 batting and actually I think they would be a real handful for everyone.