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England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan has opened up about Test skipper Joe Root’s chances of breaking into the Three Lions’ T20 World Cup squad. Morgan said that Root is certainly an option for the marquee tournament, given his previous record in the shortest format.

Joe Root last played a T20I in May 2019. He was the top-scorer (249 runs at an average of 49.80) for the team in the 2016 edition of the T20 World Cup, which was also held in India. However, due to the presence of some white-ball specialists in the team, Root doesn’t have a place in the team.

Moreover, the England Cricket Board’s rotation policy, mainly to manage the workload of players, has played it’s part as well. The Ireland-born batsman, however, sounded optimistic about Root’s inclusion in the squad for the T20 World Cup.

“When we look back to the 2016 World Cup campaign that led to us going to the final, Joe was a huge part of that. Due to the schedule restrictions, Joe needs rest,” said Morgan.

“It’s a very huge amount of strain doing what he does being our very best batsman and also being the Test captain at the same time. Certainly, Joe could be an option come to the World Cup,” he added.

So far, Joe Root has featured in 32 T20Is, scoring 893 runs at an average of 35.72 and a strike rate of 126.31. Root even said that he hasn’t given up on his T20 ambitions yet. In fact, Root himself admitted that he’s aware of the abundance of talent in the current team, he would love to be a part of it himself.

“Absolutely, I would love to be a part of that World Cup squad, I love playing all three formats, everything is a different challenge,” Morgan further stated.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to play a huge amount of T20 games in the last few years, but I am also aware of the guys who are playing some amazing cricket, they are brilliant players and fully deserve their chance. But if I get an opportunity, all I can do is try to score as many runs as I can when it comes to T20s,” he added.

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