Joe root has not been part of England’s T20 playing XI for more than two years. Still, he is in the race for the spot in the upcoming T20 World Cup happening in UAE. In an interview white-ball captain, Eoin Morgan said, several players are in contention for a spot in T20 WC and there is a huge possibility for Joe Root’s inclusion.
Joe root was not included in the recent series against Sri Lanka. In which hosts whitewashed Sri Lanka and won the series by 3-0. However, he is part of England’s ODI squad against Sri Lanka. Root scored 79 runs match-winning knock in the first ODI and led the team towards the victory.
In ODIs, Joe Root reached his 50th 50+ score in his 150th match.
Other players who did similar are VVS Laxman and Chris Gayle in Test cricket, both scoring their 50th 50+ score in their 100th match.#ENGvSL
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 29, 2021
England was in trouble in the beginning but they recovered pretty quickly and are ahead in the series with 1-0.
One of the reasons behind Root’s absence could be his workload management. As he is captain of the Test team and has led England in 15 plus Test matches in 2021.
Meanwhile, when England was playing the T20I series against Sri Lanka, Root was leading his countryside Yorkshire Vikings. The member of fab-4 Joe root has decent T20I numbers scoring 893 runs at an average of 35.72 in 30 innings.
“I think there are a lot of people who are (in contention) and certainly you can’t rule Joe out,” said Morgan as quoted by Sky Sports.
Schedule should be blamed for Joe Root not playing T20Is: Eoin Morgan
In the 2016 T20 World Cup which England eventually lost in the finals in the final over of the game. Joe Root was the highest run-scorer for England. In the same event, Joe played s sensational knock of 83 runs off 44 balls against South Africa during a historical run chase.
Eoin Morgan also talked about his 54 runs knock in the T20 WC final against West Indies. The 34-year-old added that the schedule should be blamed for Joe Root not playing in T20Is.
“The role he played in 2016, the runs he scored, and the manner in which he scored them as well went a long way towards getting us to the final. His knock in the final as well was outstanding. I think circumstances in the last two years, given how busy the schedule is but also Test matches being a priority, hasn’t allowed Joe to play as much T20 as he’d have liked,” Morgan said.