Alec Stewart: 'Joe Root looks at home in England shirt'

Former England skipper Alec Stewart, coaching Surrey at The Oval on August 3, 2011
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Alec Stewart believes that Joe Root has proved his quality in the early stages of his international career.

Alec Stewart has claimed that the form of England batsman Joe Root has been a rare bright spot in a disappointing one-day series against India.

A five-wicket victory for India on Wednesday secured a series win for the hosts, but Stewart believes that Root's arrival in international cricket is encouraging for Alastair Cook's side.

The former England wicketkeeper told BBC Sport: "The one big positive to take from the batting is the way Joe Root played in his first one-day international series.

"I picked the young Yorkshire batsman as one of my players to watch in 2013 because he instantly looked at home in international cricket - rather like Graham Thorpe and Marcus Trescothick did when they started their careers.

"I have seen him play for Yorkshire, where he often bats in the middle order in one-day cricket, so I was aware he had the capability to play all around the wicket."

The fifth ODI takes place in Dharamsala on Sunday.

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