Eoin Morgan Confirms Joe Root Is Part Of England's World T20 Plans

Updated - 30 Jun 2021, 02:02 PM

Joe Root, Eoin Morgan
Joe Root and Eoin Morgan (Photo: Reuters)

England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has confirmed that Joe Root remains part of their World T20 plans. England fell agonizingly short of sealing their second T20 title five years ago as West Indies inflicted an unforgettable defeat on them. As England build towards the global event set to take place in the UAE later this year, Eoin Morgan asserted that Joe Root is in the mix.

Joe Root was England’s top run-getter during the 2016 World T20 in India. The right-handed batsman notched up 249 runs in six games at 49.80 and maintained a healthy strike rate of 146.67. He played a significant role in England reaching the final; however, Root has not played a T20I since October 2019 as the management has concentrated on keeping the top order filled with hard hitters.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan, England captain (Photo Credit- The Sun)

Eoin Morgan stated that amongst the many players in contention, Joe Root is also in the mix. The Irishman recalled the role Root played during the 2016 tournament in India and pointed his runs instrumental in their run to the final. Morgan remarked that Root also played an outstanding knock in the final against the West Indies.

“I think there are a lot of people who are (in contention) and certainly, you can’t rule Joe out. The role he played in 2016, the runs he scored and the manner in which he scored them as well went a long way towards getting us to the final. His knock in the final as well was outstanding,” Root said after the first ODI against Sri Lanka.

He just does the basics unbelievably well and never seems to struggle: Eoin Morgan

Joe Root. (Credits: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan further hailed Joe Root’s unbeaten 79 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday as he saw England home in a tricky run-chase of 185 in the first ODI in Chester le Street after the hosts succumbed to 80-4. The southpaw felt that England’s Test skipper gets the basics right even if the wicket stays two-paced.

“He just does the basics unbelievably well and never seems to struggle, even though the wicket might have been a little bit two-paced. So it was a joy to watch him see the team home,” he added.

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