Describing Joe Root as England’s best batsman, stand-in coach Paul Farbrace believes the middle-order batsman will play a magnificent and big part in team’s success in the T20 format in the next couple of years.

“He is our best player. He is a fantastic player in all forms of the game,” ICC quoted Farbrace as saying. He further said that the star-batsman will do everything he can to make himself ready for the three-match ODI series against India, starting Thursday.

Root was dropped from the three-match T20I series decider against India which England lost by seven wickets on Sunday. In his three T20I outings in 2018, Root has registered scores of 35, 0 and 9. Following the poor run, and with Stokes returning from a hamstring injury, Root had to be left out of the last game against India in favour of the big-hitting all-rounder.

Speaking about that, Farbrace said:  “In T20 you need players who can manipulate the strike and can keep you in the entire game and that is a skill that Joe has. He has the ability to hit boundaries. He might not have the power of a Ben Stokes or a Jonny Bairstow, but strong cricket shots in T20 cricket will get you where you want.”

The stand-in coach further insisted that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root “will play a magnificent and big part in that”.

“I still think, and I genuinely believe it, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that,” Farbrace said.

England vs India ODI series schedule: 

First ODI: July 12, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

Second ODI: July 14, Lord’s, London

Third ODI: July 17, Headingley, Leeds

Squads: 

India: Virat Kohli(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Hardik Pandya, Siddarth Kaul, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Suresh Raina, Umesh Yadav, Axar Patel

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood, Jake Ball, Sam Curran