England v India: third ODI

Kohli and Dhawan

Kohli and Dhawan

"And Kuldeep is a fearless guy and I am expecting good things from him in the Test series", Chawla said, making it clear that the Kuldeep-England sub-plot is going to be an intriguing one through the summer.

Stokes has yet to return to his best after his latest injury setbacks and was subdued for much of the one-day series against India but Root insists he is not distracted by the prospect of his day in court.

This was Root's second unbeaten century in successive innings after his 113 not out helped England level the three-match contest with an 86-run win at Lord's. 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.

It was England's bowlers who set up this win, with Adil Rashid and David Willey, two of the five Yorkshire cricketers in their XI, taking three wickets apiece. Rashid, with his leg-breaks ensured that he dismissed Kohli in the first ODI in Nottingham courtesy of some special bowling, in spite of the fact that India won the match.

"It feels fantastic", Root told Sky Sports.

Dhoni had come under fire following his 59-ball 37-run knock in the second ODI of the series at Lord's.

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The scores: India 256 for eight in 50 overs lost to England 260 for two in 44.3 overs (Joe Root 100 n.o., Eoin Morgan 88 n.o.).

Morgan added: "I think we were outstanding".

Since 2013, the 29-year-old had led the Men in Blue to eight series wins and six of them came after he took over from MS Dhoni as the full-time skipper in 2017.

Billings will be available for Kent's match with Surrey at The Spitfire Ground on Friday as this is the last white-ball match before the five-match Test series with India begins.

But by then England were 74 for two inside 10 overs, well above the required run-rate.

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