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Joe Root

Root believes he still has a T20 future

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Joe Root has not given up hope of carving out a career as a T20 player despite being dropped from the England T20I side that faced India in Bristol on Sunday.

All-rounder Ben Stokes needed to be accommodated and England’s Test captain was the man to make way on that occasion, but Root has no plans to turn his back on the game’s shortest format.

"I'm fully confident in the ability I have in that format," Root said. "I've proven in the past that I can perform in T20 cricket. I don't see it as a closed door for me. I've got to make sure I keep putting the work in and those limited opportunities I do get, keep trying to perform, keep my name as current as I can in that format.

"I don't have any fears about it. I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions, but I want to be a part of them."

India captain Virat Kohli celebrates after Joe Root is bowled during the 2nd T20I
India captain Virat Kohli celebrates after Joe Root is bowled during the 2nd T20I

With his hectic international schedule, Root doesn’t struggles to find gaps in his diary to represent domestic T20 franchises, but he remains adamant that his country comes first.

"It would be nice [to play in domestic T20 tournaments worldwide]," Root said. "You see guys come back from those tournaments with a huge amount of experience and a rounded way of looking at the game; a different take on certain aspects.

"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 get a string of games together and really put that case across. If something fits into place, fantastic, but if not, I'll find a way.

"Ultimately it's got to fit around playing for England. The priorities at the minute have got to be that white-ball World Cup next year and as Test captain, we've got some big series coming up and the Ashes next summer. Playing for England comes first."

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