England in West Indies 2013-14 March 6, 2014

Root set to miss World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Joe Root has been ruled out of the Twenty20 series against West Indies and, in all probability, the World Twenty20 to follow after x-rays revealed he had suffered a broken thumb in the deciding ODI in Antigua on Wednesday. It means Ian Bell, who last played Twenty20 cricket in January 2011, is in line for a place in the World T20 squad.

Although the ECB announcement did not rule Root out of the World T20 in Bangladesh - it just stated that he would be returning to the UK to see a specialist, the recovery time frame means he appears to have very little chance of being available. England's first group match is against New Zealand on March 22.

Root was struck by a Ravi Rampaul delivery third ball of his innings and the medical staff wanted him to retire hurt during a rain break, but Root insisted on resuming and scored a superbly-paced maiden ODI hundred to help England to a series-winning total of 303 for 6.

He also opened the bowling, removing Kieran Powell in his first over, but soon left the field and spent the majority of West Indies' innings in the dugout with a large ice pack strapped to his thumb. His all-round performances in the ODIs earned him the Man-of-the-Series award.

Given the way Root was used to open the bowling in the one-day series against West Indies - with considerable success - it appeared he was in line for the role in Bangladesh while he also has a batting strike of 139 from his seven T20Is, including a career-best 90 not out. Although he has become bogged down at the crease during his Test career, he can manipulate the field, has deceptive power and is electric between the wickets.

Bell has already joined up with the England squad, which arrived in Barbados on Thursday, having been called in as cover for Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan who picked up injuries before the one-day series.

Ashley Giles, the England coach, said that he wanted a batsman who could fill a variety of roles and who was adept at playing spin, but Bell's selection was odd given he has not played a Twenty20 for anyone since January 2011 - an international against Australia.

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  • John on March 9, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab on (March 8, 2014, 5:12 GMT) -

    I am not in favour of KP not playing in any of these SF series or the T20WC.

    My reference (UAE/Australia) was in tests , but my reference re winning in NZ and drawing in India without KP was in T20s. Yes I would probably have KP in both SF sides but I'm still not sure he is the same player he was even just a year ago - let alone 2 or 3 or 4 years ago. If you're going by the analogy of being only as good as your ;ast performance then maybe you could look at how he did in the ODI series series vs Aus last year. I'm still not convinced that today's version of KP improves the side as much as you think

  • Luke on March 8, 2014, 19:55 GMT

    "Posted by shortsquareleg on (March 7, 2014, 18:21 GMT) Following the Johnson example, everyone needs a bowler who can injure the opposition out of the attack. Kudos to the Aussies being the first in the modern era to systematically to exploit it. From a neutral!"

    Brett Lee? Shoib Aktar? Flintoff? the 6 or 7 WI bowlers of the 70s & 80s? Lillee & Thompson?

    All of those, particually the WI bowlers, were well versed in giving the opposition a good roughing up.

  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2014, 18:26 GMT

    The last paragraph emphasises why Bell's selection would be absurd. A batsman capable of fulfilling a variety of roles and adept against spin. Are you kidding me?

  • Vinod on March 8, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    @jonesy2isaBigot (March 8, 2014, 11:47 GMT).. What to do with No.2 ranking if there were no ashes series victories...??. I am not saying KP is GOD to ENG cricket ,but the man's talent is so immense that you cannot find his replacement for the next 50 years..There won't be anyone with this much impact on ENG cricket..!!.. And regarding your statement that T20 WC victory was largely due to the bowling unit,remember the way KP batted against SA(in form team) knocked them out in first ten overs,they were quite rattled by his onslaught..!!..You can find replacement for swann but u won't get KP's replacement easily..!!.Go and watch the knockout matches if u missed it..!!.

  • John on March 8, 2014, 13:30 GMT

    That's a shame for Root, but in the big picture T20 is anyone's game whoever plays. I'll make one exception- if England are crazy enough to play Dernbach again. 140-odd runs @12+ an over for 1 wicket in 3 games in Australia must have taught even the England selectors something, surely?

    Best of luck to both sides.

  • Mark on March 8, 2014, 11:47 GMT

    @Vinod_Fab, England won the 2010 WT20 on the back of their bowling. We frequently chased low totals due to the whole bowling line up. It wad therefore rather ironic that KP won the tournament award as well as he played. Also England were number 2 in test cricket prior to him joining the side. I think England have missed Trescothick, and Flintoff more than they will miss KP. Also England are more likely to struggle in this tournament because there is no one to replace Swann!

  • Vinod on March 8, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    @JG2704 on (March 7, 2014, 21:00 GMT) ..What are you talking abt.. ? In UAE against PAK he helped ENG to win that T20 series single handedly , and who can forget that T20 WC victory in WI(that also largely due to KP ).. I have been supporting ENG from late 2004 when KP came into the side so it's not about "WE" as even i consider ENG as vastly improved side and bringing dynamicity to the cricket by late 2004 . Don't you think what happ to ENG fortunes during last T20 WC without KP..? They were humiliated. Loss can be manageable but the way they bowed out without KP is what makes me to wonder what ll they do in this T20 WC..?. Adding to the ENG woes, this WC is in subcontinental conditions..!!. Jos Butler,Morgan and Bopara is their only hope. If you add KP then again this side becomes more dangerous..!!. Mark my words, if KP is back then ENG will be in SF for sure..!!

  • John on March 7, 2014, 21:03 GMT

    Bell could be a good like for like as a batsman for Root but you would lose a bowling option so I wonder if Ali may get his chance? I guess much would depend on how Ali and indeed Bell do in WI. I think if Bell succeeds he will make the starting 11 in the WC

  • John on March 7, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @ Vinod_Fab on (March 7, 2014, 12:52 GMT) Calm down there. We may well get thrashed by the teams you mentioned - with or without KP in the side. KP wasn't in the side which drew the T20 series in India and won in NZ and WAS in the side which was whitewashed in Australia and UAE so England aren't incapable of winning games without him in the side and can still be vulnerable with him in the side. I agreed that they should not have totally finished his career and played him in these 2 SF series and the T20WC - even if they had no intention of ever playing him in tests again. Broad said he wanted KP in the T20 side but his opinion obviously didnt carry much clout and while I disagree with Eng cutting all ties with KP I also wonder if he would make as much difference as many would think. He didnt do much in the last ODI series he played. Maybe IPL will tell us more about where his game is right now

  • Charles on March 7, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Following the Johnson example, everyone needs a bowler who can injure the opposition out of the attack. Kudos to the Aussies being the first in the modern era to systematically to exploit it. From a neutral!

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