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‘He is getting better’ claims Joe Root as questions remain on Ben Stokes availability

‘He is getting better’ claims Joe Root as questions remain on Ben Stokes availability

Senior batter Joe Root on Saturday said Ben Stokes was recovering well from his injury but placed the all-rounder a doubtful starter for England’s World Cup match against Afghanistan. Ben Stokes is recuperating from a sore left hip and the niggle forced him to sit out of England’s first two matches against New Zealand and […]

Senior batter Joe Root on Saturday said Ben Stokes was recovering well from his injury but placed the all-rounder a doubtful starter for England’s World Cup match against Afghanistan. Ben Stokes is recuperating from a sore left hip and the niggle forced him to sit out of England’s first two matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh. England will face Afghanistan here on Sunday.

“Ben Stokes is getting better day by day. He trained really well last night. He had a long bat and seems to be improving. So, all good signs ahead of tomorrow,” Joe Root said at the pre-match press conference.

“He’s just got to be ready to play. You all know we have a team with Ben Stokes in it is a bit stronger but he’s got to be fit to play. We’ll see whether it’s tomorrow or next game or further down the line.” Joe Root was in no mood to underestimate Afghanistan, who lost to Bangladesh and India.

“Every team in this tournament poses different threats, you just got to be adaptable to combat that. They (Afghanistan) obviously have got some world-class players. From my point of view we need to keep getting better.

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“This is another opportunity for us to keep building the momentum and progression towards the business end of the tournament and making sure that we are where we need to be at the backend of the tournament,” he said.

Joe Root has been in prime form in this World Cup having scored back-to-back fifties and the right-hander said he relished Indian conditions. “I do enjoy playing cricket here in India. I think it suits my game quite nicely. With the World Cup round the corner, you try to find a way to be in a position where you want to be,” he said.

“When you come into the tournament mentality, this is what it’s about, this is where you need to stand up and deliver. It’s nice to contribute in the first couple of games. Hopefully, I can carry that forward, not just individually but collectively as well,” added Root.

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