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Root ruled out of World T20

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March 10, 2014

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Joe Root celebrates his maiden ODI hundred, West Indies v England, 3rd ODI, Antigua, March 5, 2014
Joe Root scored his maiden ODI hundred with a broken thumb © AFP
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Joe Root has, as expected, been ruled out of the World T20 due to the broken thumb which forced him to leave the tour of West Indies last week. Ian Bell, who has not played a Twenty20 match since January 2011, has been approved by ICC as his replacement.

Root was struck on the thumb on the third ball of his innings during the final ODI in Antigua and despite advice to retire hurt, he continued to score his maiden one-day hundred and help England to a series win. He still managed to open the bowling before leaving the field for treatment, and subsequent x-rays showed the extent of the damage. An ECB spokesman commented that the x-rays revealed that Root's thumb is "in eight pieces."

He returned to the UK to see a specialist and although he has not been required to have the thumb pinned, the timescale to the World T20 is too narrow for him to make a return. England's first group match is on March 22 against New Zealand.

On Twitter, Root posted: "Bitterly disappointed I'm unable to make the World Cup! Want to wish the boys the best of luck and have every confidence in the whole squad."

Currently there is no precise date for Root's return to action. Yorkshire's County Championship season starts on April 13 but that may yet prove too early for him.

Bell has played seven T20Is, the last against Australia in Melbourne more than three years ago, and was not part of the initial 30-man squad named for the World T20.

England have other, ongoing, injury concerns in the T20 squad with Stuart Broad ruled out of the final two matches against West Indies due to a knee problem and Eoin Morgan, who will deputise as captain, not at full fitness either.

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Posted by gavin7094 on (March 13, 2014, 20:32 GMT)

@milepost. What? Are you talking about Joe Root? Seriously?

Posted by JG2704 on (March 12, 2014, 21:29 GMT)

@Paul Rone-Clarke on (March 11, 2014, 13:35 GMT) Dernbach bowled well in the previous game. The full-yorker length you were talking about for much of the time but in this game he started reverting to his usual self in Eng colours. Problem is no fast bowler seems to be bowling more full balls/yorkers. Broad,Bres and Stokes have been no better

Posted by milepost on (March 12, 2014, 5:09 GMT)

It will give him some reflective time to consider a new career, I think he's proven cricket isn't his calling. It's lucky for England, they may well have selected him lol!

Posted by Archerthom on (March 11, 2014, 21:22 GMT)

Great effort to keep on as long as possible and really contribute. Should be a great example to the rest, hope he gets better soon

Posted by StJohn on (March 11, 2014, 20:52 GMT)

Alas, KPgate means the best available replacement isn't available.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (March 11, 2014, 15:51 GMT)

Your best batsman is preparing to play for Surrey - ridiculous but im a Surrey supporter and an Aussie so it works out for me!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 13:35 GMT)

Ian Bell should have been in the team in the first place. In the last 4 years his ODI record is excellent and his strike rate is picking up. A career of two halves. 2005-2010 he had an ODI strike rate in the low 60's, 2010 to now a strike rate of almost 90. His current SR is more or less exactly between those 2. He and Moeen shold be in ASAP for Wright and Root.

Dernbach needs replacing with someone who can bowl Yorkers. His slower balls are being read 100% of the time now, even by tail enders who are planting his 70mph "slower ball bouncers" into the stands with ease... almost as if they were 70mph long hops... which of course they are. "Slower ball bouncer" A piece of linguistic prestidigitation that took the worlds batsmen 18 months to figure out. He needs to bowl properly more often not come in like a box of tricks. Yorkers, swing and some pace. Not every ball a pot-pouri of half baked ideas seemingly decided on while walking back to his mark

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 12:41 GMT)

The worst injury. He can't even play Brian Lara Intl Cricket on his Playstation!

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Dernbach and Wright? Two reasons England will fail. If only Wrights recent batting average was as high as the number of runs Dernbach concedes in the average single over. At least England don't have the disruptive influence of KP to make matters worse.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

Anyone who's had fractures to ribs/thumbs could easily think it was just a bruise. I cracked three ribs in training and turned up to play the next day still thinking it was a bruise until I bowled my first 3 deliveries. Adrenaline covers it over, and fractures usually don't start seriously hurting until well after the event. I knew someone who had both legs broken in a rugby tackle and he still played on and didn't feel it until the day after. That being said, it still takes guts to carry on when people are firing 140kmh round bricks at you.

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