Daily Mail UK – Joe Root is surprisingly set to be named in England’s squad for the Twenty20 triangular series against Australia and New Zealand even though it would appear the perfect opportunity for the Test captain to rest.

Summary

  • Joe Root is surprisingly set to be named in England’s squad for the Twenty20 triangular series against Australia and New Zealand even though it would appear the perfect opportunity for the Test captain to rest.
  • But Root is determined to carry on playing Twenty20 cricket and could also put himself forward for draft for the Indian Premier League that will take place at the end of England’s long winter in April and May.
  • Sportsmail understands Root may be rested instead during the 50-over matches in New Zealand that follow the tri-series in February but there is a 50-over World Cup in England next year and Root is integral to that.
  • And there may be fewer changes than first expected in the squad for two Tests against New Zealand in Auckland and Christchurch in March that bring to an end one of England’s most demanding winters.
  • Sportsmail understands only the places of James Vince, Jake Ball and reserve batsman Gary Ballance will be up for discussion by the selectors before revealing their hand on Wednesday, even if England go on to lose this final Test and end up on the back of a 4-0 scoreline.


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