India v England: Joe Root flies out for ODI series after birth of first child
Last Updated: 11/01/17 1:37pm
Joe Root has flown to India for England's limited-overs series with no formal announcement made on whether he will soon be the new Test captain.
Alastair Cook, after four years and a record 59 matches, remains skipper at present, with Root favourite to succeed him should the opener decide the time is right to step aside following England's 4-0 defeat to India before Christmas.
Root became a father for the first time on Saturday, delaying his departure for the limited-overs series which begins in Pune on Sunday.
Before jetting out to Mumbai, the 26-year-old tweeted: "Thank you for all the lovely messages over the past few days! It's been simply amazing, couldn't be prouder!".
Root is due to land in Mumbai in the early hours of Thursday morning (IST) and could conceivably take the field in a warm-up match against India A within a matter of hours.
Cook will meet his old opening partner and current ECB director of cricket Andrew Strauss soon to reflect on the India series, with his future as captain on the agenda.
England don't play any Test cricket until July, the focus instead being on white-ball cricket with series in India and West Indies on the schedule before the Champions Trophy.
Watch the first ODI between India and England from 7.30am this Sunday on Sky Sports 2.