Joe Root will benefit from being axed by England, insists Paul Farbrace

England's captain Eoin Morgan in action against India during the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday

England's captain Eoin Morgan in action against India during the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday

Alex Hales has been the driving force behind two world-record totals at Trent Bridge but, despite an impressive back catalogue on his home ground, he looks set to be dropped for England's one-day series opener against India on Thursday.

'I still think if England are to be successful in Twenty20 cricket Joe Root will play a big and magnificent part in that, ' said Farbrace. He is, after all, one of the best all-round English batsmen of the last 50 years - and probably more - so his omission from the side for the final T20I in Bristol was not something he has had to deal with often.

Given No 1 hosts No 2 in the rankings in this three-match series and India's lineup is also packed with rapacious batsmen - not least their captain, Virat Kohli, who is one-day cricket's unrivalled best - this desire for reinforcements with the ball is understandable even if Stokes has bowled only two competitive overs since May.

"I haven't bowled against him yet - I keep missing India with injury", said Wood. The priorities at the minute have got to be that white-ball World Cup next year and as Test captain, we've got some big series coming up and the Ashes next summer. That's where I've been fairly consistent over the last couple of years.It's been slightly frustrating on occasions [this summer] but when you win 5-0 against Australia you've got no complaints.

"Whatever we do we don't go out and bat like we have to score 400 runs. I feel like I've got the bit between my teeth right now".

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England. I know it was a very different side they played against, but it is a really good marker to see where we're at. "It's hard because of the limited opportunities I've had to play T20 cricket, but the thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first".

"It's an exciting time, hopefully we can play some really strong cricket and I'm sure it will make for some really good viewing". "There's always an element of trying to expand your game and develop certain areas but ultimately you have to play the situation laid out in front of you".