Joe Root still believes he has a T20 future despite England axe

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

India began their long tour of England with a 2-1 series win in the three-match T20 global series.

Sportsmail revealed in May previous year that England wanted Root to sit out Twenty20 matches so he could concentrate on leading the Test team out of their mid-table malaise and fulfil his own huge potential with the bat.

Joe Root hasn't experienced the feeling of being dropped many times in his professional career.

It is a harsh, if not unexpected, blow for a batsman who during England's last outing in Robin Hood country four weeks ago blazed 147 from 92 balls to help post the monstrous 481 for six against Australia, and two years earlier had pummelled Pakistan's bowlers for 171 runs in the previous men's ODI record of 444 for three.

Now that the T20 series has been done with and both teams have flexed their muscles and showed a glimpse of what to expect, comes the ODI series. The priorities at the minute have got to be that white-ball World Cup next year and as Test captain, we've got some big series coming up and the Ashes next summer.

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"This team (India) likes chasing down targets", said Sharma.

"This is another opportunity for us to try and replicate some of those performances and another opportunity for me to make some big runs. I've been quite quiet this summer so far but I've got that bit between my teeth now and it's a great chance to go on and do something special".

'But he didn't get any runs in his last couple of games and that makes you vulnerable in any side.

Kuldeep (39 wickets in 20 ODIs at average 20.02) and Chahal (43 wickets in 23 ODIs at average 21.83) have proved their worth since making debuts but their ultimate test will be against England. "I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions, but I want to be a part of them". "It's hard because of the limited opportunities I've had to play T20 cricket, but the thing that has always been at the forefront of my mind is that playing for England comes first".

"We have played some really strong cricket in one day format and India are right up there as one of the best one day sides in the world". "There's always an element of trying to expand your game and develop certain areas but ultimately you have to play the situation laid out in front of you".

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