Joe Root Not Giving Up On T20 World Cup Spot
Every player, young or experienced, aspires to play in a World Cup. Cricket is now a very competitive and commercial game at the same time. Every team wants to win titles and trophies, as often as they can. However, the T20 format doesn’t suit every cricketer and some of them have struggled over the years to make an impact in this format. Joe Root has been one such player, though he is just not ready to give up on his T20 World Cup aspirations yet.
The skipper of the English team in the Test format seems to be keen on playing in the shorter format of the game too. He has been left out of the ODI team in recent times as well. However, on making his recent return to the 50-over format, Root scored an unbeaten 79 off 87 balls.
The current form of England skipper Eoin Morgan would surely be a concern for the selectors. Though the World Cup winner has done well with regards to his captaincy, his form with the bat has been quite poor in recent times. This was seen in the first half of the IPL 2021 tournament as well. During his time with KKR, Morgan was just not able to deliver when his team needed him to.
Keeping that in mind, the Three Lions might be considering having Joe Root as a reliable option in the side. He could also take charge if needed, though he does not have the strike rate of a renowned T20 player. On the other hand, he could still add some much-needed stability to that middle order. This could help them hold the fort from one end.
If that is indeed the case, then Joe Root could still make it to the T20 World Cup squad. The tournament will now be held in the UAE and Oman after the BCCI shifted the venue outside India. This could also be a factor on which the decision to include him in the squad or not, could actually depend.