Joe Root has underlined his determination to cement a place in the England side across all three formats as he prepares for the start of the Royal London One-Day International Series against India at Trent Bridge tomorrow.
The Test captain was left out of the T20 team who lost the deciding match of that three-game series at Bristol on Sunday.
But right-hander Root is expected to return to the starting line-up tomorrow for what promises to be an exciting 50-over clash as England bid to retain their world number one status.
“I fully understood the decision to leave me out at Bristol, even if you never like that as a player, as it’s part of being in a strong squad,” he said.
“Ahead of the World Cup next year, you want strength in depth and guys pushing as hard as possible. It shows where we’ve come in the last three or four years, especially in this format.
“I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all formats, but I want to be part of it.
“I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all formats, but I want to be part of it.”
“I just have to keep my name in the frame. Being left out is a great motivator to make sure you’re doing everything you can.”
In contrast to some of his England team-mates, Root, who has scored more than 4,500 runs and averages a healthy 49.82, retains a classical style of batting in white ball cricket.
And he insists he won’t change his approach in the battle to push his case in the T20 format.
He said: “I think you always have to stay true to yourself. There is always an element of trying to expand your game and developing certain areas, but ultimately you have to play the situation put out in front of you.
“That’s where over the last couple of years I have been fairly consistent because I have tried to play a role for this team that benefits the group and gives us the best chance of winning.
“As long as my mindset is strong, which has been throughout the whole summer, then hopefully I can go out and make some big runs, and I am hungry to do so.”
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