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Joe Root likely to miss start of the upcoming ODI leg of India tour

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Joe Root, England’s star batsman, will miss the start of England’s ODI series in India after opting to stay home to witness the arrival of his first child. The Mail has reported that the right-hander has chosen not to travel back to India until his partner Carrie has given birth. An England and Wales Cricket Board spokesman confirmed Root is not expected to be amongst the travelling party as things stand.

Back in October, England Test captain Alastair Cook, faced with a similar scenario, opted to travel early to Bangladesh for 10 days of acclimatisation before returning home for his paternal duties, rejoining the tour after meeting his second daughter.

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England team is currently on a festive break after the completion of the Test series. England is scheduled to return to the subcontinent on Thursday for five ODIs. The baby’s due date apparently falls on the same date England are scheduled to play the play the first of two warm-up matches five days later on January 10.

The average length of pregnancy for first-time mothers birthing naturally is 41 weeks and one day. This timeline effectively rules out Root’s participation in the second warm-up on January 12. He has also enjoyed success in white-ball cricket in India, notably last year when he was man of the match in a record chase of 230 to beat South Africa at the 2016 World T20.

Root, who turned 26 last Friday, churned out good performances in the recently concluded five-match Test series between India and England. Root with 491 runs finished as the second highest run-scorer behind the undisputed leader Virat Kohli.

The first of three one-day internationals takes place in Pune on January 15. The match has become a sold out with tickets flying off the shelf in short time.The last time an ODI was played at the MCA Stadium was the India-Australia encounter on October 13, 2013.

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