Sportsmail revealed in May previous year that England wanted Root to sit out Twenty20 matches so he could concentrate on leading the Test team out of their mid-table malaise and fulfil his own huge potential with the bat.
After the embarrassment of being dropped for England's last T20 global, the Test captain has been recalled for the three-match series between the countries ranked number one and two in ODI cricket, England and India. With the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held in England next year, the three-match series will also give Virat Kohli and his teammates a fair idea of the playing conditions in England.
His injury has now eased the selection headache for the England management but they might have to make a tough call ahead of the second ODI between the top-two ranked sides, which will take place at Lord's on Saturday.
He has played 65 ODI games and scored 2302 runs at a decent average of 38.36 with the best knock of 171 against Pakistan at Trent Bridge.
While India will be buoyed by their 2-1 T20 series win, England, the top-ranked ODI team in world cricket, come into the series having crushed a below-par Australia 5-0 in their last bilateral engagement.
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For India, the make-up of their playing XI will be their main concern. His subtle shift of position is that he wants to improve his T20 batting in domestic tournaments around the world but those ventures will, of course, have to fit in with England's schedule because representing his country comes first.
However, India will consider that move carefully as Kohli has an outstanding record while batting at number three but things not so different at four either.
England's batting strength with powerful ball strikers such as Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes in the mix will present a formidable challenge to the Indian attack. Apart from the duo, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will share the new ball. Expect much of the same from Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal who wreacked havoc for England batsmen in the T20s. Till now, the Indian side has built a fearless and attacking reputation. He is one of the batsmen, who has been able to read the two wrist spinners quite well. The home team has a penchant for high scores. The stage is set for a mouth-watering opener.