Yorkshire batsman Joe Root determined to finish ODI series with a win
Last Updated: 26/01/13 11:17am
Joe Root: has seized his chance in England's one-day team during the series against India
Joe Root insists there is no such thing as a meaningless match in international cricket as England aim to finish their tour of India on a winning note.
Although the hosts have already wrapped up the series, Sunday's fifth and final one-dayer offers a further chance for England's players to impress in 50-over cricket.
"We've got a big series coming up in New Zealand and a lot of people who want to put forward a strong case before that."
Root has certainly done that so far; the Yorkshire batsman hit an unbeaten half-century in a losing cause in Mohali on Wednesday having already made an immediate impact on the Test leg of the trip at the end of 2012.
"Obviously we're disappointed with the way the series has gone as a team. Individually we've got a lot to play for," Root, who has been drafted into England's squads for next month's tour of New Zealand, said.
"We've got a big series coming up in New Zealand and a lot of people who want to put forward a strong case before that.
"Any international game is one you want to win. Playing for your country has a lot riding on it. Everyone in our changing room has got that mentality going into tomorrow.
"You don't know how many international games you are going to play so i just want to enjoy every minute of it, absorb it and make the most of it."
England may opt to make changes to their team for the fixture in Dharamsala, though the batting line-up looks likely to remain the same.
However, both Stuart Meaker and Chris Woakes could be drafted in to the bowling attack, with Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan, who will not travel to New Zealand due to an elbow problem, the most likely pair to make way.