Joe Root is in contention to play in England’s T20 World Cup squad later this year, according to Eoin Morgan. Root, according to the white-ball England captain, may play a similar role to that which he played for the national side in 2016.
Joe Root, who scored 273 runs at a strike rate of 146.77 in the last T20 World Cup, was England’s best run scorer. In the final, he top-scored for England with a 36-ball 54, but it was in vain as England lost by four wickets against West Indies.
Eoin Morgan discussed Joe Root’s T20 World Cup possibilities with the media after England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first ODI.
“I think there are a lot of people who are (in contention) and certainly, you can’t rule Joe out. 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.”
Woakesy with the ball! ⚪
Rooty with the bat! 🏏#ENGvSL 1st ODI highlights 👇
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) June 29, 2021
Joe Root did not play in the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka, but he underlined his worth in the first one-day international. The great batsman led England to victory with a match-winning 79*. At one point, Root had England at 80/4, and Eoin Morgan was full of praise for the 30-year-old:
“He just does the basics unbelievably well and never seems to struggle, even though the wicket might have been a little bit two-paced. So it was a joy to watch him see the team home.”
Could Joe Root make it to England’s T20 World Cup squad?
Joe Root needs to bat 3 for England at the World T20. There are no two ways about it.
— Srinath (@srinathb) June 29, 2021
With England opting for aggressive batsmen at the top of the order, Joe Root hasn’t played a T20I since October 2019. Eoin Morgan, on the other hand, detailed how the congested international calendar has prohibited Root from playing in the game’s shortest format. Morgan elaborated:
“I think circumstances in the last two years, given how busy the schedule is but also Test
Joe Root has been tipped to make England’s T20I team by a number of analysts and fans. With two-paced fields expected in the UAE, many believe Root at no.3 may be the ideal foil for England’s gung-ho white-ball approach.
England go 1-0 up in the series 🎉
— ICC (@ICC) June 29, 2021
matches being a priority, hasn’t allowed Joe to play as much T20 as he’d have liked.”