England Test skipper Joe Root will be missing the ODI series as a part of England’s rotation policy as per reports in the Daily Mail. The England hierarchy remain committed to providing rest periods for their multi-format players on an ongoing basis as part of preparation plans for the autumn double of a Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes tour. Currently, England and India are playing a four-match Test series with the series level at 1-1 after the first two Tests.
England will travel to Ahmedabad for the final two Tests. The third Test will be a day-night game at the newly-built Motera stadium. The team will play five T20Is at the same venue after the last two Tests. The T20I series will be followed by a three-match ODI series to be played in Pune.
India vs England T20 Internationals (All in Ahmedabad)
1st T20I, March 12, 07:00 PM IST
2nd T20I, March 14, 07:00 PM IST
3rd T20I, March 16, 07:00 PM IST
4th T20I, March 18, 07:00 PM IST
5th T20I, March 20, 07:00 PM IST
India vs England ODIs (All in Pune)
1st ODI, March 23, 01:30 PM IST
2nd ODI, March 26, 01:30 PM IST
3rd ODI, March 28, 01:30 PM IST
Joe Root’s Absence Part Of England’s Rotation Policy
Meanwhile, the England Cricket Board is willing to retain the same squad which has been announced for the T20Is also for the ODIs as part of their logistics to avoid mandatory quarantine in case of sending new players from the UK.
Joe Root has been in splendid form with the bat in 2021 for England so far. He has already scored two double tons and close to 600 runs in just four Test matches this year so far. Meanwhile, England have dropped down in the World Test Championship points table after the loss in the second Test match. They are fourth while India have moved up to the second spot.
Amidst all this, England pacer Mark Wood has pulled out of the upcoming IPL season willing to spend more time with family. He was a part of the 2 crores bracket base price with other England teammates like Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, Sam Billings and Liam Plunkett.
As many as 292 players will go under the hammer for 61 spots to be filled as the franchisees will battle it out amongst themselves to get the best player as per their team requirements. Kings XI Punjab will enter into the auction with a maximum purse of Rs 53.20 crore.