Root ruled out of ICC World Twenty20
England have suffered a massive blow ahead of the ICC World Twenty20 with the news Joe Root will miss the tournament with a thumb injury.
The Yorkshire batsman picked up the injury whilst earning a century in a recent ODI with the West Indies in the Caribbean and looked to be in decent form going into the ICC Twenty20 competition in Bangladesh.
However scans have revealed Root fractured his thump in that innings and now the 23-year-old will miss the tournament which gets underway on 16th March.
With Root ruled out, experienced batsman Ian Bell has been called up into the squad for the World Cup by head coach Ashley Giles.
On a positive note…..
Stephen Parry cannot wait for this month’s ICC World Twenty20 and insists he will not be put off by batsman clobbering his left-arm spin.
Parry, called up to the England squad after spending the winter in Australian grade cricket with Midland-Guildford, the Perth club which includes Alec Stewart amongst its former players, made a stunning one-day international debut against West Indies last week.
The 28-year-old bagged three wickets and the man-of-the-match award as Stuart Broad’s team leveled the series and then claimed it 2-1.
Now I can’t wait to get those three lions on my chest in a major competition, and whatever happens I feel like I will just keep coming back at the opposition.
So the Lancashire left-arm spinner feels in form as well as mentally ready to move onto the world stage and the most unforgiving of tournaments for bowlers.
“It wasn’t until I got to 24 that I first believed I could play for England and despite a couple of injury set-backs I just kept coming back, like a bad smell,” Parry, who has 63 career wickets in T20 and an economy rate of 6.86, said.
“Now I can’t wait to get those three lions on my chest in a major competition, and whatever happens I feel like I will just keep coming back at the opposition.
“Twenty20 is a batsman’s game so you have to put things in perspective and vif you are playing on a 200 pitch and end up going at nine runs an over you’ve done really well.
“On other occasions if you go at that rate defending 145 you are going to be disappointed.
“It’s about being realistic with your judgment but one thing I believe whether the wicket is flat or not is that one wicket will change the state of the game.”
England get their campaign underway against New Zealand in Chittagong on 22nd March.
England can be backed at 10/1 to win win the ICC World Twenty20, with India 4/1 and Sri Lanka 6/1, Australia are 3/1, South Africa 6/1
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