India vs England: Joe Root reunites with squad ahead of 1st ODI; skips 2nd warm-up match

Mumbai: England were bolstered by the arrival of their top batsman Joe Root in Mumbai in time for travelling with the squad on Friday to Pune for the first of three ODIs on 15 January.

"Joe Root has arrived. He is at the ground (Brabourne Stadium)," the team's media manager.

Root, who had stayed back for a few days for the birth of his first child, is not playing the second warm-up game against an India A squad led by Ajinkya Rahane on Thursday.

England's Joe Root went home after the India Test series for the birth of his second child. AFP

England's Joe Root stayed back home for a few days for the birth of his first child. AFP

England will field 12 men, with eleven to bat, while the home side has added two players to the list of 12 picked by the national selectors in Mumbai on 6 January.

The two players who have been added to make it a 14-member squad are Siddarth Kaul, who was part of the India A team led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the first warm-up game in the Maharashtra capital two days ago but did not make the eleven, and Sujit Nayak.

The BCCI had not announced who had added these two names to the squad after it had been chosen earlier.

Meanwhile, England won the toss and decided to bat first. They had fielded first and successfully chased a the target of 305 set by Dhoni's men in the first warm-up on 10 January.

The visitors have left out Sam Billings, Liam Dawson and Jake Ball, all of who played in the first game.

Updated Date: Jan 12, 2017 14:15 PM

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