As per reports, the 26-year-old cricketer will not be available to provide his services after it was revealed that his partner Carrie Cotterell is expecting their first child.
According to a report published in The Mail, Root has opted to stay with his partner who will be entering the final stages of pregnancy. Root, thus, will be arriving India late January.
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The MS Dhoni-led Team India will clash with Eoin Morgan and Company in 3 ODIs and as many T20Is, with first ODI starting on January 15 at Pune.
Root was the highest run-getter for England in the recently concluded Test series against India, which the hosts won 4-0. However, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) hasn't released any statement regarding Root's absence.
England team, which went home for the Christmas celebration, will be returning India on Thursday and start preparing for the series against India.