Cricket - Root handed debut

England handed a debut to Yorkshire's Joe Root as they opted to strengthen the batting line-up for the first one-day international against India.

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Cricket - Root handed debut

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Joe Root was handed his debut as England chose to bat first in the one-day international against India

Having played five specialist bowlers in both warm-up matches, the tourists named just four for the series opener at Rajkot, with Samit Patel and Root on hand to share the remaining overs. The rest of the team was as expected, with Steven Finn, Tim Bresnan and Jade Dernbach the seam options.

Alastair Cook won the toss at the SCA Stadium, which is hosting its first international match, and chose to bat first on a wicket that looked to be full of runs.

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