India v England ODIs: Joe Root delays return to tour
Last Updated: 06/01/17 7:04am
England's Joe Root has delayed his arrival in India for the ODI series to attend the birth of his first child.
The majority of the England squad - minus those playing in the Big Bash League, including captain Eoin Morgan - flew out on Thursday ahead of two warm-up fixtures planned before the first one-day international in Pune on January 15.
Root, as expected, has remained in England as his partner Carrie enters the final stages of her pregnancy rather than fly out with the rest of the party.
Press Association Sport reports that no firm decision has as yet been made on what Root's final travel arrangements will be.
Yorkshireman Root scored 491 runs in the Test tour of India at the end of last year which saw Alastair Cook's side suffer a comprehensive 4-0 defeat.
Watch India's ODI series against England on Sky Sports, starting with the first ODI on Sunday 15th January.