Joe Root has often been considered as one of the top batsmen in the current generation. But, unfortunately, his own board, England never considered him as the T20I option. However, the stylish batsman doesn’t want to go down without pressing his case during his limited opportunities to play for England in the shorter format of the game.

You have to be at the top – Joe Root

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As new talents like Tom Banton get picked for England’s upcoming T20I series against New Zealand, Root is conscious of the race that exists and wants to keep bettering himself. He wants to be in the pool of cricketers for the upcoming ICC T20I World Cup 2020.

Joe Root
Joe Root. Credits: Twitter.

England have rested Root, their top scorer in the final of the 2016 World T20, for next month’s five-match Twenty20 series in New Zealand while naming the uncapped stroke maker Tom Banton. Despite that, he doesn’t want to go down without a fight.

“For me to get into the T20 side, it will mean that I have to keep getting better,” Root told British media. If someone like Tom Banton comes in and sets the world alight, I’ve got to try to force him out in the limited opportunities I get to play.

Joe Root. Credit: Getty Images

“If that happens, it raises the standard of English cricket in that format. That’s the food chain that cricket is sometimes. You have to be at the top of it otherwise you get swept away and eaten up.”

Joe Root, who has made 32 T20I appearances for England, scoring 893 runs at an average of 35.72, added that it’s just a matter of getting into the groove with the switch in formats.

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England will now visit their World Cup 2019 final opponents New Zealand, where both the teams will indulge in five T20Is before they play two Tests at Bay Oval and Seddon Park.