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Root omis­sion sur­prises Smith

- By DAVID KENT Sports · Cricket · Steve Smith · Joe Root · England national football team · England · Ben Stokes · Australia · India

AUS­TRALIA’S Steve Smith is surprised Joe Root has been over­looked by Eng­land for the forth­com­ing Twenty20 se­ries be­tween the sides, tak­ing his omis­sion as con­fir­ma­tion of the hosts’ ‘all-out power’ game.

Test cap­tain Root has been left out de­spite the ab­sence of Ben Stokes and an in­jury to Ja­son Roy, sug­gest­ing Eng­land’s se­lec­tors are mov­ing on from ar­guably their most ac­com­plished tech­ni­cal bats­man when it comes to the shorter for­mat.

Aus­tralia have gone the opposite way, draft­ing their most dom­i­nant red-ball player — Smith — back into the T20 line-up after a three-year ab­sence and hand­ing him the kind of ‘des­ig­nated driver’ brief that Root as­pires to in a side full of power-hit­ters and in­no­va­tors. ‘It’s a sur­prise. Joe is a ter­rific player across all for­mats of the game,’ said Smith. ‘I guess Eng­land are opt­ing for all-out power and are con­tin­u­ing to go that way. Ev­ery­one’s got dif­fer­ent game plans and dif­fer­ent ways to go. If ev­ery­one played the same way it would be a pretty bor­ing game.

‘There are a few ways to skin a cat and ours might be a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to Eng­land’s, which might be a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent to In­dia’s.’

Smith is look­ing for­ward to the se­ries against Eng­land after cricket’s pause be­cause of the pan­demic.

He added: ‘I know so much hard work has been go­ing on be­hind the scenes en­abling this se­ries to hap­pen.

‘It’s great we were able to get the pieces of the puz­zle to­gether for us to come over here and play this se­ries to get our cricket up and run­ning again. ‘Cricket is such a big part of the cul­ture in Aus­tralia and Eng­land. Hope­fully we can put on a good show.’

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