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Root more worried about bus than payments

Press AssociationPress Association 4/11/2016

Joe Root insists reports that England's tour of India could be put in jeopardy because the Board of Control for Cricket in India is unable to pay their tour expenses will not be a distraction for Alastair Cook's side.

Reports in India have claimed that the BCCI has written to the England and Wales Cricket Board to ask it to pay England's expenses for the five-match Test series.

But Root said on Sky Sports News: "That must have come out this morning and my biggest challenge in the morning is making sure I make the team bus.

"I've not heard anything about that, for whomever it concerns it's very important that they worry about it and we just get on with the cricket.

"India pose a big threat, we've just got to make sure we prepare very well and try and prove a lot of people wrong that we can perform extremely well on this tour."

England arrived en masse for their first practice session in India, without the obvious security presence which surrounded them for the past month in Bangladesh.

All 16 members of the Test squad were involved at the BCCI ground in Mumbai, adjacent to the Wankhede Stadium which will host the fourth match of five against India.

The net session was notable too for a batting order of a possible top five for next week's first Test in Rajkot which did not include out-of-form Gary Ballance.

The left-hander watched on and waited his turn while both Ben Duckett, Alastair Cook's latest opening partner, and the uncapped Haseeb Hameed joined the established top order at the start of this net session.

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