Ben Stokes to play in England's first Test against India

England's Joe Root hits the winning runs and the bat hits the deck as Indian skipper Virat Kohli looks

Chasing a total of 257, England were never really under any pressure on Tuesday.

"If Ben's fit to play, he'll be up for selection", said Root.

Root was sheepish after the match when asked why he held out his arm and dropped his bat in the manner of a singer dropping a microphone at the end of a performance.

Root, who was dropped from the final match of England's preceding 2-1 Twenty20 series loss, told Sky Sports: "It feels fantastic". Adil Rashid had earlier produced one of the great spin deliveries to remove Virat Kohli - the first time India's captain has been dismissed by leg spin in his ODI career.

His latest hundred saw Root become England's outright most prolific century-maker in ODI cricket, with 13 hundreds from 110 innings at this level, surpassing by one the record he had shared previously with Marcus Trescothick. "I'd like to think that this one could still be a big margin for us".

England, on the other hand, got a boost after winning in the previous encounter, and will aim to continue the same way as advised by their key batsman Joe Root post the last match.

Joe Root's unbeaten century saw England clinch the ODI series against India
DANNY LAWSON PA Joe Root's unbeaten century saw England clinch the ODI series against India

England are set to embark on a demanding Test series against India, with five matches scheduled over six weeks from August 1, and to have their captain's faith in his batting reaffirmed - albeit against the white ball rather than red - can not do any harm.

"I felt like I was picking him (Kuldeep) fine and when you look at it for what it actually was, both games my movements weren't quick enough and I wasn't getting close enough to the ball, either going forward or back".

Meanwhile, Root said allrounder Ben Stokes would be available for the test series opener at Edgbaston despite his trial on a charge of affray starting in Bristol the day after the scheduled fifth and final day of the test.

Morgan added: "I think we were outstanding".

'You can see when he's on the cricket field he's fully engaged with what's going on.

England batsman Joe Root celebrates his century off the last ball of the match with captain Eoin Morgan at Headingley.

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