Ashley Giles happy and surprised with Root success

Anand Rane, January 30 2013,
ODI selector Giles says he did not expect Root to bat so well.
Successful start to England career
Successful start to England career
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Ashley Giles who has just completed his first series as the newly appointed England limited-overs coach, has stated how surprised he has been at Joe Root's ability to settle into international cricket. Yorkshire batsman, Root, who came to the tour of India with the reputation of having immense promise, certainly enhanced his standing with his performances with both bat, and more surprisingly ball, during the ODI series against India, that England lost 3-2.

Reward and recognition of Root's displays, mean that he will be involved in all three formats on the tour to New Zealand, having started the winter expecting to be no more than a fringe player, who might get the odd appearance along the way.

However, he made his Test debut in Nagpur before Christmas, and was then drafted into the Twenty20 squad as a replacement for his county team mate Jonny Bairstow, who was unavailable due to personal reasons.

With Bairstow still unavailable for the one-dayers, Root found himself once again drafted in to replace his county colleague.

Root was expected to captain the England Lions tour to Australia, but his success in India has led the selectors to remove him from that touring party, and send him to New Zealand instead for the ODI's, while an injury to Danny Briggs, created an opening in the T20 squad for Root.

Root struck 57 off 45 balls in a losing cause during the fourth match of the India series, and then followed up 31 in England's success in Dharamsala.

However, not only did he succeed with the bat, but was impressive in the field, and his offspin became a useful additional asset for ODI captain, Alastair Cook.

Giles has admitted that he didn't realise that Root could bat as well as he has shown, and was impressed at the ease with which the youngster has settled into the side, stating that Root already looks at home playing international cricket.

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