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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.

Posted by Hashimbaig on (March 11, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Now England look a little bit expirienced in their squad. Its good to see the expeirenced bell back. Now they got a balanced side and a good side for the world t20. They got Bopara, broad, bresnan, bell, wright and Morgan. Now they had a chance to win because of the selection of bell, but very very poor decision to leave out kp. But we will see what will happen in the world t20 cup:)

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 11, 2014, 9:33 GMT)

Good point @phermon. Conclusion: "broken in eight places" is still inaccurate! :-)

These days, if you play in all three formats, you will never get much rest. In that sense, while unlucky, I still see this as something of a lucky break for him.

Posted by phermon on (March 11, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

cricketing stargazer, pedantry revisited: there are two joints in the thumb, so it may well be in eight pieces - it is normally in three pieces ;-). This for it to be in eight pieces he needs how many breaks?. Can't help thinking there have been better objects in his reach over the past two years on which I would have preferred him to break his thumb

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (March 11, 2014, 9:07 GMT)

This shows the guts of Root in completing his innings despite being in very obvious pain. Can't help feeling though that the rest that he will get while this injury heals will be good for him.

Pedantic point though: if the thumb is in eight pieces, it is broken in *seven* places!

Posted by bobmartin on (March 11, 2014, 6:50 GMT)

This will do no more than further lessen England T20 WC chances.... because let's be honest..they were pretty slim to start with. I thought that following the debacle in Oz, the idea was to start afresh and build for the future... Well if the T20 future rests with the likes of Bell, Dernbach and Wright..then I'm afraid it looks pretty bleak indeed.

Posted by Masking_Tape on (March 11, 2014, 5:13 GMT)

Is there even enough room in a thumb to break it 8 places!?!?!

Posted by bjcm12 on (March 11, 2014, 2:19 GMT)

The joke is Ian Bell replacing Root. Bell is a very slow scoring player - England does not have talent this is a fine example.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 2:13 GMT)

I think the official reason for KP being dropped was to bring new players into the fold. How exactly is Ian Bell new? Also Root bowls, KP bowls and Bell doesn't... We also have broad injured - Dernbach and Wright have had loads of chances and failed to impress. The ECB made KP the scapegoat for the disaster in Australia, but if the 20 20 goes down the drain as seems likely, who will get the blame? Bob Willis? James Anderson? Me?

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 1:08 GMT)

This does put Joe Root in a new light. Breaks his thumb into 8 pieces and scores a century and bowls. If the game actually meant something important he'd be a hero.

Posted by InsideHedge on (March 11, 2014, 0:42 GMT)

At the risk of sounding harsh, that was not a smart move by Root to ignore the advice to retire hurt. Perhaps, insecurity played a part or the knowledge of all too obvious attacks by both media and fans that anyone retiring hurt after a blow is somehow soft.

I've never heard of a thumb breaking in 8 pieces. Just reading this info is excruciating. He ought to start looking for special gloves too because that thumb will surely be more susceptible to future breaks.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 11, 2014, 0:41 GMT)

Eng,unlike 1 of the favs. of t20 wc-and powerhouse-Aus lack the depth,class and firepower to pose any challenge in tourney.Also their inability to play spin,weak bowling/fielding and lack of balance in squad would see them k/o in 1st round itself.

Posted by   on (March 11, 2014, 0:40 GMT)

That's a bad multiple break- he will be out a while and I wish him well. But I don't think he is any great loss in the hit and giggle rubbish 20/20, Wright must go obviously, simply not an International at any level.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 11, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

After proving self as Engs best bat in all forms in most hostile cond. vs best pace attack armed with new ball-opening-in Ashes,Carberry is still not brought in.He's also 1 of Engs best stroke makers I heard in dom. LO formats.Eng has no chance anyway!

Posted by mshyder on (March 10, 2014, 23:18 GMT)

It is no secret that ECB will not recall KP in any case but this is also a fact that he was just the fall guy for the Australian debacle. England will surely miss KP and their constant decline will show everyone what a grave mistake has been made. Although ECB will never admit it, is another issue.

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 22:43 GMT)

Bell is a better batsmen than Joe Root, so I personally think it's a blessing in disguise. Mo Ali can play the part-time spin role and Bell will add much needed class and experience to the top order - it is just a shame he's not been picked in T20 for so long and given the chance to develop this side of his game. He's such a natural stroke player that, given the remaining warm up games, he should be fine.

They have to realise that Stokes' bowling isn't much use in this format though. Long term yes, but clearly not ready now. Bopara/Ali are better options than him and more likely to score important runs. Surely Wright has played his last international game now, sadly not capable to step up to this level and convert his domestic bashing.

My team for the World T20s: Lumb, Hales, Ali, Bell, Morgan, Bopara, Buttler, Bresnan, Broad, Tredwell, Parry.

I would be getting some game time into Chris Jordan during the warm ups, as he would be next in line if one of the bowlers struggle.

Posted by graham66 on (March 10, 2014, 21:10 GMT)

All these people still going on about KP not being in the team ... were you moaning when he was rested for the ODIs and T20s in Australia? I don't remember anyone making a fuss about it, and that was probably because he'd hardly done anything in the last year or so.

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 10, 2014, 20:46 GMT)

For the naive it would seem that kicking out KP was the correct decision - but look at the dilemma faced by England now - they have no fire power left with Root emerging as a T20 star!

Posted by crockit on (March 10, 2014, 20:02 GMT)

Root showed problems against quality pace bowling on tour of Aus due to camping on back foot. But would probably have been quite decent given Bangladesh conditions and his useful spin. Its ok to play specialists in T20 up to a point - but quality is also important and this is where Bell can come to fore. Its probably time to dispense with Luke Wright who averages only 18 in 44 innings and is barely bowled these days. I think Moeen should be used as close to a mainline bowler in Bangla conditions, sharing spin duties with Tredwell. Broad and Bresnan as the quicks and then the 5th bowler being a quick or Parry depending on conditions. Bopara as 6th bowler. Stokes seems to be off colour at the moment. In theory should be an effective hitter in T20.

my team Lumb Hales Bell Moeen Morgan Bopara Buttler Bresnan Broad Tredwell Jordan, stokes or Parry depending on conditions and form (obviously if Stokes he will bat higher)

Posted by PeerieTrow on (March 10, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Honestly, STILL all this talk of KP playing for England again. Kieron Pollard is more likely to qualify for England before he who shall not be named is recalled. Please, please, please, give us a break from the Pavlovian reaction to recall KP.

Posted by android_user on (March 10, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

my wt20 xi. 1.lumb 2.hale. 3.bell 4.morgan 5.Butler 6.bopara.7.bresnan. 8.broad. 9.tredwell. 10. perry 11. denbach

Posted by MarkTaffin on (March 10, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Well, beyond recalling you-know-who, I guess Carberry was the logical choice, but, of course, he can't bring the spin option. But Bell...?

Posted by Gherkinboy on (March 10, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

And sp the people calling for an SOS call to KP start... No point even mentioning it - sadly, KP has played his last game and nothing is going to change that

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (March 10, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

Watching England's hopeless batting display in the last 4 T20 matches, I think it's the right decision to bring in the experience and class of Bell into the side. Hopefully the sloggers like Hales, Lumb and Buttler can play around Bell, Morgan and Bopara to put up decent scores on the board. Whether they can defend a decent score with their poor bowling attack is another question of course.

Posted by AJ_Tiger86 on (March 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

@Rohit: " Ian Bell isn't half of Joe Root capability" -- I hope you meant to say Joe Root isn't half of Ian Bell's capability. Root is an extremely ordinary and overrated batsman. Bell is far better than him in all formats of the game.

Posted by layekkanchan on (March 10, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Bell or K.P or god...England has no chance...

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 10, 2014, 18:09 GMT)

Very sad. He's a good player in limited overs. A huge blow for England !

Posted by   on (March 10, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

Exactly, ECB should be bold Enough and sensible enough to at least give a last chance to KP. Ian Bell isn't half of Joe Root capability. sometimes it seems they aren't even trying to Win this Cup as they have already won it once. Careless attitude by board.

Posted by Farooq3 on (March 10, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

ECB should make a sensible decision and send KP as a replacement - being stubborn is not going to help England's cause!

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