Joe Root has always been considered England’s one of the best players in Test matches and ODI cricket. The right-hander has not been able to replicate a similar kind of impact in the T20 format. Root, who averaged 39.6 and scored at a whirlwind strike-rate of 138.78 in his first 20 T20 Internationals, has seen his stock fall steadily in the past four years and that could be put down to lack of opportunities at both International and franchise-level.
Root was not named in the England squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. He also admitted that he is not currently seeing himself in England’s best T20I playing XI. The Test captain noted that the longest format of the game remains a big priority for him.
“I think being honest, looking at the squad there is at the minute and the players that are performing around the world in T20 competitions, I’m probably not in the best XI. For that reason, I’m being left out and that’s part and parcel of cricket. Sometimes you have to take that on the chin,” mentioned Joe Root.
“I love white-ball cricket full stop but Test cricket is a big priority for me. It is frustrating but it is important, I suppose, to take rest when you can like a lot of the guys have done here before the T20s start,” Root concluded.