Both Indian and English cricket teams are eyeing the 2019 One Day International (ODI) World Cup to be held in England and Wales, and are looking at the upcoming three-match ODI series as a preparation marker for the same.
It's a good marker to see where we're at and it's a great opportunity for us to play against a strong Indian team, said English batsman, Joe Root on Wednesday (July 11) while addressing a news conference in Nottingham, ahead of their first of the three ODIs.
He was joined by the Indian vice-captain, Rohit Sharma, who said that Since the World Cup is going to be played in this part of the world (England) exactly a year later, so, in terms of preparations, it is going to be good for us to see where we stand as a team.
Speaking on being dropped in the last game of Twenty20 against India, Root said that he understood the decision. I have to tell you that it's always difficult being left out , you never like that as a player but having been captain myself I know how hard it can be, said Root.
The 27-year-old was dropped for England's T20 defeat to India in Bristol last week to make way for Ben Stokes, but has now returned.
The Indian and England cricket team captains, Virat Kohli and Eoin Morgan, also posed with the trophy of the upcoming ODI series and held practice sessions.
The visitors are riding high on the confidence of their Twenty20 series win less than a week ago and their recent records on the land in ODIs as well. England, on the other hand, is also optimistic with the return of Ben Stokes in their squad.