‘I’m fully confident in the ability I have in that format’: Joe Root determined to prove T20 worth after being dropped for series decider against India
- Joe Root was omitted from team for seven-wicket loss as Ben Stokes returned
- It was the first time England’s Test skipper had been dropped since 2014 Ashes
- Root does not believe the door is now closed on his international T20 career
- He will return to the England fold for the one-day series starting on Thursday
Joe Root returns for England on Thursday admitting he is struggling to keep up with Twenty20’s in-crowd but determined to prove he still belongs in all formats.
The first of three one-day internationals against India at Trent Bridge sees Root restored to the England middle order after being dropped for the first time in four years for Sunday’s Twenty20 decider.
And even though he accepts it is difficult to find the time and opportunities to maintain his status as a multi-format player, he is adamant he will not give up on the Twenty20 game that is in danger of leaving him behind.
Joe Root will return to the England fold for the one-day opener against India at Trent Bridge
He was left out of the T20 series decider in Bristol on Sunday following a run of poor form
‘Until there’s a really good block for me to go and play T20 cricket somewhere in a domestic tournament it’s going to be hard for me to put a string of games together and really put my case across,’ admitted Root.
‘But I’m fully confident in the ability I have in that format. I’ve proven in the past that I can perform in T20 cricket and I don’t see it as a closed door for me.
‘I’ve just got to make sure I keep putting the work in to take the chances I do get to keep my name as current as I can in that format.
‘Ultimately it’s got to fit around playing for England. The priorities have to be the 50-over World Cup and the big Test series we have, culminating in the Ashes next year.
Root has no fears over his T20 future and believes he can play in all formats for England
‘So if something fits into place for Twenty20 that’s fantastic, but if not I’ll find a way. I want to play a part in all three formats.’
For now Root is able to concentrate on a 50-over game that suits his game so much better in a Royal London series between the best two one-day sides in the world that will fully test England’s status as World Cup favourites.
‘I’m hungry to score big runs,’ said Root. ‘I’ve been quite quiet so far this summer but I’ve got the bit between my teeth now and this is a great chance to go out and do something special.’
England certainly did something special when they played in Nottingham last month, smashing a world record 481 for six against Australia on their way to a 5-0 whitewash.
India, having won the Twenty20 series 2-1, are likely to prove a much tougher proposition.
‘This is an opportunity to play against a very strong India side who will present different challenges to those provided by Australia,’ added Root. ‘It’s a big series and gives us the chance to put down a marker to see where we’re at.’
Test skipper is anticipating a tough test in ODIs despite England’s recent record-breaking form