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Joe Root

Joe Root hit an unbeaten 70 against Hong Kong as England made a winning start at the U19 World Cup

England Under-19s opener Joe Root says confidence is high as the team prepare for by far their biggest test of the World Cup so far.

The Yorkshire starlet has helped England record back-to-back nine-wicket wins over Hong Kong and Afghanistan, but Root knows tomorrow's meeting with India is a step up in class.

The game will decide who wins Group A and with it a quarter-final clash with West Indies. The formidable Pakistan await the losers.

"Everyone has hit a good vein of form and morale is certainly high within the team," said Root.

"Everyone is pretty confident with how things are shaping up and our game appears to be moving along nicely since we started our first match and as we progress through the tournament."

Root has shown signs this tournament of why he has drawn favourable comparisons with another well-known Yorkshire batsman - Michael Vaughan.

The former England skipper was raving about his protege during a rain break in the fourth Test at the Wanderers.

Root cracked an unbeaten 70 from 82 balls against Hong Kong, followed by 25 versus Afghanistan. In both games Root and fellow opener Chris Dent put on more than 50 for the first wicket.

"I've felt quite good out in the middle," he added. "There are always things here and there that you can always improve on but I'm feeling in decent nick."

Another hefty opening stand would go some way to helping England beat India but Root knows all 11 players will need to perform.

England U19, Bert Sutcliffe Oval, Lincoln

England have had it all their way so far but Root knows India will provide a much sterner examination on Thursday

"We'll basically be preparing over the next day or two as we would for any game," he said.

"You're always looking to try and go out hard against any opposition, regardless of their ranking. Your plans to certain batsman and the way you'll play particular bowlers can obviously differ from side to side but you have to adapt once you're out there.

"I reckon India will be a strong side but the way were playing gives us a lot of confidence and we believe we can continue to do well on Thursday. We've got a strong squad all the way through so there's no reason we can't go out there and win."

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