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Root urges calm ahead of India clash

Root urges calm ahead of India clash

England’s most reliable batsman, Joe Root has urged his teammates to keep their emotions in check during the World Cup game against India on Sunday. As in case of the defeat, the pre-tournament favourites and hosts can face a shocking exit in the first round.

England's 64-run loss to Australia on Tuesday left their qualification hopes in the balance with Bangladesh, Pakistan (both one point behind) and Sri Lanka (two points behind with an extra game in hand) breathing down their necks.

"I personally think we have to be very calm about how we approach the next couple of games because the games themselves might get quite emotional, especially with the atmosphere at Edgbaston," said Root

England has not beaten India or New Zealand in seven attempts at the World Cup since 1992 but Root is confident they can still reach the knockout stages.