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Root may miss T20 World Cup


England Test skipper Joe Root has conceded that with the form he is in the shortest format of the game, he may not be in the current best England side to play in the upcoming T20 World Cup.Root may miss T20 World Cup

“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,” said Root.

“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.”

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Root was the third highest run scorer in the previous edition of the tournament four year’s ago, behing Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and India’s Virat Kohli.

But since then, the 29-year-old has played only 12 matches out of the 17 shortest-format fixtures for England. It also coincided with a drastic drop in his personal form; he had an average of 29.9 and a strike rate of 107.16 as compared to 39.6 and 138.78 of his first 20 matches.

Root also feels like he has already run out of time to prove himself to seal a spot in England’s T20 World Cup squad.

“It’ll be difficult for me to get opportunities to prove a point and play in domestic cricket so it is what it is.

“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 as a lot of the guys have done here before the T20s start,” he added.

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