Cape Town - England batsman Joe Root was happy that a back to basics
approach paid off for him in the third and final ODI against India at
Root became the first English batsman to score hundreds in
consecutive ODIs when he hit the winning runs in Leeds.
Having been dropped during the T20I series Root decided that
he would revert to what had always been successful for him and try to be a foil
for the aggressive players around him.
Speaking to TMS after the eight wicket victory that sealed a
2-1 series win Root said: "It's the way cricket goes - sometimes you go
through tough periods and you have to go back to basics and think clearly. It's
been nice to make two big contributions.
"You're always looking at ways you can improve and for
me it was about going back to things that worked for me in the past. I wanted
to be consistent and let the boys play.
Root and skipper Eoin Morgan were able to completely negate
the threat of left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
The England middle-order man admitted though he still needs
to improve the way he plays against spin.
He said: "I felt I was picking him [Kuldeep] alright
but my movements - I wasn't moving my feet quickly and that's ultimately the
best way to play spin. I had a real think about how I was going to go about it
and I managed to find a way to get back to where I want to be."
England have now won eight consecutive bilateral series,
home and away, while snapping India's own streak which had stretched to nine.