Eoin Morgan has confirmed Joe Root is in contention to be part of England’s T20 World Cup squad later this year. The white-ball England skipper admitted that Joe Root who played an excellent inning of unbeaten 79 in victory over Sri Lanka in the 1st ODI could play a similar role to the one he did in 2016 in T20 World Cup for the national team.
Eoin Morgan: One Can’t Rule Joe Root Out For Excellent Performances In The Last 2016 T20 World Cup
Joe Root was England’s leading run-getter in the last T20 World Cup 2016, notching up 273 runs at a strike rate of 146.77. He top-scored for England in the final, scoring a 36-ball 54 in vain as they lost to West Indies by four wickets. Speaking to the media after England beat Sri Lanka by five wickets in the first ODI, Eoin Morgan touched upon Joe Root’s T20 World Cup 2021 prospects.
“I think there are a lot of people who are (in contention) and certainly, you can’t rule Joe out. The role he played in 2016, the runs he scored and the manner in which he scored them as well went a long way towards getting us to the final. His knock in the final as well was outstanding.”
Although Joe Root was not part of the recent T20 series against Sri Lanka, he showed his mettle in the first ODI between England and Sri Lanka. The star middle-order batsman scored a match-winning unbeaten 79 as he guided England to victory. Joe Root steadied the ship with England being 80/4 at one stage, and Eoin Morgan was full of praise for the 30-year-old.
“He just does the basics unbelievably well and never seems to struggle, even though the wicket might have been a little bit two-paced. So it was a joy to watch him see the team home.”
The cricket fraternity wants Joe Root to make it into England’s T20I squad at least. Joe Root at no.3 could be the perfect foil for England’s aggressive and methodical approach in white-ball cricket, according to many fans and experts as pitches are set to be two-paced in the UAE where T20I World Cup 2021 is going to be staged.
In the 1st ODI, Sri Lanka lost 3 for 45 at the top of their innings, and then their last seven for 40, making an eventual 185 that was miles from being sufficient. Man of the Match Chris Woakes was particularly disciplined and skilful as he claimed 4 for 18 from his 10 overs.
Then Jonny Bairstow blasted a 21-ball 43, and Joe Root scored an unbeaten 79 and Moeen Ali accompanied him through a 91 run stand. England had bowled out Sri Lanka out inside 43 overs. They surpassed their score inside 35 overs, with five wickets to spare.
England 189 for 5 (Root 79*, Chameera 3-50) beat Sri Lanka 185 (Perera 73, Hasaranga 54, Woakes 4-18) by five wickets