Root happy with English squad minus BBL stars


ENGLAND batsman Joe Root has dismissed claims veteran Kevin Pietersen and all-rounder Ben Stokes should be in the Three Lions' squad and bound for next month's World Cup, ahead of tonight's one-dayer against India at the Gabba.

Pietersen is on the outer after getting offside with England management, but has had a stellar Big Bash campaign for the Melbourne Stars, scoring 262 runs from six innings.

Stokes also smashed 77 off just 37 balls for the Melbourne Renegades in a recent match against Hobart.

Both would appear to be handy additions to an England team that was bowled out for 234 against Australia in the first game of the tri-series, with only new captain Eoin Morgan (121 from 136 balls) scoring big.

"When you lose two wickets in your first over (against Australia) you're always in an uphill fight. Then to lose another one after that, for us to get a score like that just shows how well some of the others played," Root said.

"If we're going to make big scores we need the top four to make the majority of the runs.

"This is a side and squad that's going to the World Cup, and we're happy with where we're at as a squad.

"We've got the right men in the dressing room to win games of cricket, and hopefully we can do that throughout this series."

Root (pictured) said he believed India's batting line-up would be a difficult proposition tonight after opener Rohit Sharma compiled 138 from 139 balls in the team's loss to Australia in Melbourne on Sunday night.

"India has got some guys that are in great form with the bat and they've got some very strong bowlers as well," Root said.

The Englishman said he agreed with calls by former New Zealand batsman Martin Crowe for yellow cards to be introduced, after Australian opener David Warner was fined 50% of his match fee for an incident with Sharma on Sunday.

"Why not? It seems as though there are a lot people unhappy with the way some players are conducting themselves on the field, and if that sorts it out, why not?" Root said.

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