Monday 10 March 2014 

Root To Miss WT20, Bell Called Up

Joe Root
Joe Root will miss the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh
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Batsman Joe Root has been ruled out of the ICC World Twenty20 with a broken thumb and will be replaced by Ian Bell in England's 15-man squad.

Root fractured his thumb during the third and final One-Day International against the West Indies in Antigua, and returned home for treatment.

Despite being hit on the thumb early in his innings, he went on to score his maiden ODI century, setting up a 2-1 series win for England.

This would have been Root's first ICC World Twenty20 event, having helped England reach the final of the Champions Trophy last year.

Bell, who has not played a Twenty20 International since January 2011, was drafted into England's limited overs squad ahead of the three-match Twenty20 series in Barbados, which opened yesterday with a 27-run win for the home side.

He has now been added to England's squad for the ICC World Twenty20, following approval by the ICC Technical Committee.

In seven Twenty20 games for his country, Bell has scored 175 runs at a strike rate of 119.86.

England ICC World Twenty20 squad: Stuart Broad (captain), Eoin Morgan (vice-captain), Moeen Ali, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Michael Lumb, Stephen Parry, Ben Stokes, James Tredwell, Luke Wright

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