Chris Tremlett: Joe Root has found form at the perfect time

With all the firepower England have in their one-day side, Joe Root had almost been forgotten.

The Test captain is an excellent player, but with Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler blasting away he had slipped into the shadows during a patch of poor form.

All that changed over the last week as he struck consecutive unbeaten hundreds at Lords and Headingley to help win the final two one-day internationals against India and secure the series 2-1.

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The games were very tight, so its about your best players stepping up and Root certainly did that. He was the main reason they bounced back to make it eight victorious ODI series on the spin.

Root is the rock of the side. Hes usually Mr Consistent, but this past couple of months hes been about as inconsistent as hes ever been. He was without a 50 in eight innings before his knock at Lords.

But he averages 51.61 in one-day cricket so you can never doubt him. World-class players like Virat Kohli or Kane Williamson also bat like they do in Test cricket – they dont play many flamboyant shots and Root is similar.

He ticks along taking few risks, hitting the gaps and manoeuvring the field and before you know it he has a century at nearly a run per ball. Theres nothing fancy to his game. Hes not blazing the ball all around the park to the ropes.

Joe Root won the man of the series award for his two match-winning contributions (Source: Getty)

Root has shown his class in the last few games and its great to see him back in form. Hes Englands best player across all formats.

What was particularly impressive was the way he worked out Indian spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

Like many, he struggled in the Twenty20 matches as high quality left-arm wrist-spin isnt something you face everyday.

But it shows Roots work ethic: he knew he was not playing him well, so he went away, figured it out and worked out a way to play him.

Top players do that. They look at video and analysis, try to find trigger points to pick spinners different deliveries and then take that to the nets.

It also shows Roots mental strength. Theres no self-doubt there: he backs his own game and its paid off. At 27 Root is still young, so I believe hell go on to become Englands best ever player.

The away Ashes series was obviously a very tough winter for him. I dont think hes the most natural captain, so hes been learning on the job and if hes honest hell recognise that its affected his batting.

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Joe Root's England lost the 2017-18 Ashes series 4-0 in Australia (Source: Getty)

He hasnt scored a Test match hundred since August 2017. But thats the magic of the one-day arena: with Morgan as captain theres less pressure on him so he can solely focus on his batting.

However, that pressure will return now with the Test series starting on 1 August at Edgbaston.

Once again Root will have to think about the whole team and not just himself, so itll be interesting to see if he can take the confidence from these games into the Tests.

Often batsmen are only one innings away from finding some rhythm. Hopefully hes found that now and can get on a roll and hit a few more centuries to round off the summer in style.

It will be interesting to see how the Test side adjust. Theyre not performing to the level of their one-day equivalent, so there are big challenges ahead – not just for Root as a batsman and captain, but for the whole team.

Generally when you play five Test matches the best team rises to the top. I hope they can carry forward their momentum and transfer it from white ball to red.

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