England interim coach Paul Farbrace explained the reason behind dropping Test captain Joe Root for T20I decider against India on Sunday. The right-hander had to make way for talisman all-rounder Ben Stokes who was returning after an injury layoff.

It was tough for Root

In fact, Root last got dropped from England’s playing XI around five years ago. Thus, it isn’t a regular sight when Root is shown the exit doors.

However, Root hasn’t been in the best of forms in the shortest format of the game. The right-hander hasn’t scored any fifties in the last seven matches for the England side.

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Joe Root. Credits: Getty Images

Root ouster from the T20I decider can be a blessing in disguise for England.

However, Paul Farbrace believes it could be a blessing in disguise for England, as Root will be more determined for the ODI series.

Root has had his issues of strike rate in the T20I form, and thus he had to be overlooked by Eoin Morgan.

“Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you’ve left out the side. We all know that Joe’s response will be to work harder, try harder and score more runs – that’s the nature of him. I’m sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he’s a high-quality player in all forms of the game,” Paul Fabrace said.

Furthermore, the England standing coach said Root, could learn a lot while playing under the leadership of Eoin Morgan. Root still needs to work on his limited-overs game, and he would be determined to move up the ladder.

Paul Farbrace
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Root will like to learn from Eoin Mogan.

“I think he probably will. There are signs of Joe really getting to grips with the Test match team as a captain. I’m sure he’ll be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things makes the decisions he makes and I’m sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain. I think he’ll definitely learn from that.”

Farbarce went on to add Joe Root is part of their T20I plans in times to come. Thus, Root is going to play a key role in the shortest format for the England team.

“I know I said 10 days ago that he wouldn’t get left out and I’m sure you’re all waiting for me to explain why that is,” he said. “But the key is when you have players in your side under pressure I think the honest answer for me is you support and back your players publicly.

“My view at that stage was to be very supportive of Joe. I still think, and I genuinely believe it, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World T20, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that.

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