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I'll be back, but schedule hurts: Root

Joe Root insists he has a role to play in England's T20 side, but says playing in domestic leagues are unlikely


12 July 2018, 08:56 AM AEST

England's Test captain Joe Root says his career in the T20 format is far from over despite being dropped for last Sunday's third and final game with India.

But he conceded he'll find it difficult to put a strong case forward for a recall given his England priorities largely prevent him from playing in domestic franchise leagues.

The return of allrounder Ben Stokes for England's T20 International series decider against India forced selectors into the difficult decision of omitting Root from a stacked top order.

Root could only watch from the sidelines as India claimed a 2-1 series victory by chasing down England's 9-198 with eight balls to spare.

And the 27-year-old says it will be hard for him to gain much-needed experience in the lucrative T20 leagues around the world because he prioritises playing for England.

"I don't have any fears about it, I want to see us being as complete a side as possible in all three competitions, but I want to be a part of them," said Root ahead of the first one-day international against India at Trent Bridge on Thursday.

"Playing for England comes first. All the domestic tournaments around the world have to fit around playing for England.

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"Until there's a really good block for me to go and play T20 cricket somewhere in a domestic tournament, it's going to be hard to get a string of games to put that case (that he deserves a place in the T20 team) across."

Root, whose top T20 score is 90 not out, says he needs to show he is worthy of a place in the side by impressing when he does get a chance, but understands why he was left out.

"I'm fully confident in the ability I have in that format," said Root.

"I can perform in T20 cricket. I don't see it as a closed door for me, but I have to make sure, in the limited opportunities I have, to keep performing.

"I fully understood the decision, that's part of having a really strong squad. You never like it as a player, but having been captain myself I know how hard it can be."

Stand-in coach Paul Farbrace insists Joe Root still has a major role to play in England's T20 team, tipping the Test captain to bounce back from his surprise axing.

"He is our best player. He is a fantastic player in all forms of the game," Farbrace said earlier this week.

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"In T20 you need players who can manipulate the strike and can keep you in the entire game and that is a skill that Joe has.

"He has the ability to hit boundaries. He might not have the power of a Ben Stokes or a Jonny Bairstow but strong cricket shots in T20 cricket will get you where you want.

"I still think, and I genuinely believe it, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that. He's our best player - a fantastic player in all forms of the game."