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England's captain Eoin Morgan in action against India during the third T20 in Bristol on Sunday

He did not enjoy much of the success in the first two games of the series but it was Rohit Sharma show all the way as India beat England to clinch the three-match Twenty20 series here on Sunday. "So in terms of where we stand as a team, it is going to be crucial in that aspect to see where we are and what we need to do to move forward", he told media on the eve of the first ODI. The priorities at the minute have got to be that white-ball World Cup next year and as Test captain, we've got some big series coming up and the Ashes next summer. "We've played some really strong cricket in the one-day format for a while now and India are right up there as one of the best sides in the world", he added.

"I think it is an important series".

Hardik Pandya said that India's victory over England could be a precursor of better things to come in future matches. "You've seen guys come back from those tournaments with a huge amount of experience and a great rounded way of looking at the game". "It's always nice to see the score in front of you and see how you can bat". Some of that is undoubtedly the media training that all global players are now given to ensure they don't ever say anything of any interest but it's also clear that Root has a deep desire for this group of England players to succeed.

"Until there's a really good block for me to go and play T20 cricket somewhere in a domestic tournament, it's going to be hard for me to get a string of games together and really put that case across". "All the domestic tournaments around the world, they have to fit around playing for England, whether that's making sure I get enough rest, or obviously if there are global games throughout those tournaments, I'm going to have to miss out". And Rohit feels the series would help the team assess where it stands.

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"Yes it does (present opportunities to grab spots) and ahead of a World Cup that's what you want". With the kind of reputation he has built for himself at that position and the kind of improvement and consistency he has shown over the last one and a half years, he is certain to open the innings and his fans would definitely be hoping to see another 200 from him this series.

England batsmen had massacred the Australian bowlers in the series. Trent Bridge is a favourite hunting ground for English batsmen who have scored 400-plus here twice in three summers.

"I think it is unsafe to start thinking too far ahead (in terms of predicting high scores). They will pose different challenges to us as a seam attack", Root added.

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