The Daily Telegraph Tuesday 1 September 2020 *** 8 The three ages of Eoin Sport Cricket Root left out of T20 squad but door still open for World Cup Most runs in T20I cricket Morgan overtook David Warner on Sunday, and now has Shoaib Malik in his sights. 2,7 2,77 2,536 2,335 V Kohli (IND) RG Sharma (IND) MJ Guptill (NZ) S Malik (PAK) EJG Morgan (ENG) DA Warner (AUS) BB McCullum (NZ) PR Stirling (IRE) M Hafeez (PAK) AJ Finch (AUS) 2,218 2,207 2,140 2,124 2,061 1,989 By Tim Wigmore 2016 World Cup and this year’s Blast, he played only 23 T20 matches, with none at all since May 2019. His hopes of a recall are boosted by next year’s World Cup being in India. The last time it was held there, in 2016, Root was the thirdhighest run-scorer in the competition, with 249 at an average of 50 and an impressive strike rate of 146. He is renowned as one of England’s best players against spin. Willey is a surprise omission from both squads after being man of the series in the ODIs against Ireland, when he took eight wickets and scored 97 runs for once out across the three games. Willey has taken more wickets in powerplays than any other English T20 bowler, but was not picked in either of the first two T20 internationals against Pakistan. He could England Test captain pays for lack of cricket in the format Archer, Buttler and Wood return to take on Australians Joe Root has been left out of England’s Twenty20 squad for the series against Australia, with national selector Ed Smith saying that he did not figure as a member of the best XI. “At the moment, we are setting up in a particular way as an XI in T20 cricket, and Joe’s not in that,” said Smith. However, in relation to next year’s T20 World Cup in India, Smith added that “I don’t think any door is closed to Joe Root”. The squads for the T20 and one-day series against Australia include Jos Buttler, Mark Wood and Jofra Archer, who were all recalled after being rested for the T20 series against Pakistan. There is no place for Jason Roy, who is yet to recover from a side strain, while David Willey is the most high-profile omission besides Root. Smith said that England did not want to select Root in the T20 squad if he would not make the final XI. “Joe plays so much cricket, gives so much to England every time he plays, and the decision is that it’s not right for him that we have him in the squad if he’s not likely to be starting. So, he’s not in the squad for the T20s,” he said. “That could easily change. I think we’ve all seen that Joe’s an exceptionally adaptable and outstanding batsman. And he could easily come back into the reckoning. But, at the moment, that’s where it sits.” Root, the Test captain, scored 65 for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire yesterday, following his 64 against Derbyshire on Sunday. But his attempts to force his way into England’s first-choice T20 side have been stymied by his lack of cricket in the format. Between the June 2009 – Dec 2012 In the first phase of his T20I career, Morgan accumulated quickly and consistently, but not explosively (hitting relatively few sixes) 32 812 36.9 133 4 0.84 Games: Runs: Average: Strike-rate: 50s: Sixes per game: 10 20 T20 ODI Fixtures Fixtures
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