Root call after Bairstow blow

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JOE Root has been called up for England’s one-day tour to India next month replacing fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow.

It’s an earlier than expected return to England colours for Root who impressed on his Test debut recently in the final Test of victorious series in India.

He was set to resume his international career as captain of the England Lions in Australia in February but now comes this call-up after Bairstow informed the selectors he could not tour next month owing to a family illness, the reason he left India before the final T20 fixture last weekend when Root replaced him in that series-levelling win in Mumbai.