England Test team captain Joe Root is willing to go to his limits to book a berth in England’s squad to the T20 World Cup in India next year. He was quick enough to return to Yorkshire camp who were set to play a T20 match against Nottinghamshire at Emerald Headingley on Thursday in the Vitality Blast clash. The match was abandoned due to rain.
England won the three-match test series against Pakistan leading them by 1-0 and the other two matches being drawn due to rain. The first match at Manchester was won by England owing to an epic comeback, and the second and third match in Southampton were drawn due to rain.
I’m not giving up on it at all: Joe Root on making it to the England T20 2021 World Cup team
When asked about the possibility of playing at the next World Cup. the England red ball skipper said he is still full of hope to make it back to England’s T20 squad and is working hard on doing so. He said he wants the best for England and will support the selectors’ decision whoever they pick for the job.
“I’m not giving up on it at all, but I’m quite realistic in terms of where I am within the shake-up of things at the moment. I want England to do well. I want us to go to World Cups and win. If I’m not in the best eleven or the best squad, so be it,” Joe Root was quoted in the Yorkshire website.
“I’ll support whoever’s involved all the way through. I know how hard selection is, and if there are better options than me that’s part of international sport. I’m fully aware of that. But I’ll certainly do everything I can with the limited opportunities I will have to force a case,” he added.
I don’t really know. I just want to play as much as I can: Joe Root on his T20 career ahead
The 29-year-old is quite uncertain about where his T20 career will go ahead but will look to find breaks and make the most out of the opportunity he is presented.
“I don’t really know. I just want to play as much as I can. It all depends on what opportunities arise and where gaps come within the Test and one-day formats. If there are chances to play, I’ll try and get back to Yorkshire,” he said.
“Depending on the international schedule and when there will be breaks, if there’s another franchise opportunity down the line I might look at going in. But if you’re not playing the format, it’s very hard to put yourself in that shop window,”
England are set to play Pakistan in a T20 series ahead of their white-ball series against Australia. England vs Australia series begins on September 4 with the T20Is, as confirmed by the ECB. The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. The players are then set to join their IPL squads in UAE.