England eager to kick on - Root

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Joe Root reflected on his ODI debut in England's win in Rajkot

Joe Root is confident England will not rest on their breakthrough success over India in yesterday’s opening one-day international.

England claimed a first 50-over win versus India on their home soil in seven years after securing a nine-run success in Rajkot.

The tourists had been whitewashed 5-0 in their previous two visits but, after a long-awaited Test success in the country last month, Root said the limited-overs team would not get ahead of themselves in the five-match series.

"We all know how tough it is out here and there is still a long way to go in the series," he told Sky Sports.

"We are only concentrating on the next game and making sure we put in a good performance like we did in the first ODI. If we do that then we will be up there."

Root was not required to bat on his ODI bow yesterday as England posted 325 for four on the back of a 158-run opening stand between Alastair Cook and Ian Bell.

The 22-year-old revealed he had begun the day expecting to come in at four but, after England’s start, was shunted down the order.

It meant nine handy overs of part-time spin - which conceded 51 runs - were his major contribution, although the Yorkshireman was hardly complaining.

Joe Root

England are fully focussed on delivering another strong performance in Kochi on Tuesday, according to Joe Root who made his ODI debut in yesterday's victory

"I was told I was going to bat four but the key to success everywhere is being able to adapt and we did that fantastically well yesterday,” he said.

"We’re going to have to continue to do that throughout the tour if we are to be successful. I’m happy to play and be a part of it all so I’m not worried at all."

Root concedes that he has not played a match as a specialist bowler for more than a decade, but has been putting in plenty of hard work to ready himself for the experience.

"That probably hasn't happened since I was 10 or 11 years old, playing my first men's cricket, but it was fantastic and I wouldn't change a thing," he said.

"I've been working hard on the bowling to give the captain as many options as possible out there.

"The aim was that if I possibly had a chance to bowl I wouldn't disappoint and be consistent as possible.

"I've been working really hard for a couple of years now and working here with Mushy (Mushtaq Ahmed, England spin coach). I need to make sure it is going to be a really big asset for me in the future and take any chances of having as many options as I can to give myself the best chance of selection.”

Root has enjoyed a painless introduction to international cricket thus far.

An unexpected Test debut in Nagpur in December saw him make an assured 73 in a series-clinching draw and he then made his first Twenty20 appearance in another England win just before Christmas.

He completed a hat-trick of debuts across all three formats in Rajkot, where he was once again part of a winning side.

Root realises his experiences are not typical of the average England player in India - yesterday's win was the tourists' first in ODIs since 2006 - but he is desperate for more of the same.

"It's been fantastic, that's why you play the game, to play in front of crowds like these in that sort of atmosphere," he said.

"If you can't enjoy that, you shouldn't be playing the game.

"There are a few guys out here who have been on two tours before and not won a game, so I'm really pleased for those who have put all that hard work in and finally come up with a win.

"I'm still 22 years old and I just want to play as much as possible and take the opportunity if I get it."

England touched down in Kochi this afternoon, the scene of the second ODI on Tuesday.

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