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England rest Joe Root for T20 tri-series

Joe Root has been consistent for England
Joe Root has been consistent for England
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England have decided to rest ace batsman Joe Root for the upcoming Twenty20 International tri-series that also includes New Zealand and Australia.

Root has featured in all the games for England in their ongoing tour of Australia that includes five Tests and three One-Day Internationals and even suffered dehydration, diarrhoea and vomiting because of viral gastroenteritis during the final day of the fifth Ashes Test.

"I came into this tour wanting to play everything. I love playing for England and I don’t like missing games of cricket,” said Root.

"I had a long chat with (England coach) Trevor Bayliss about things and there’s obviously a big summer ahead and a lot of cricket still to be played. It’s going to be really important to make sure that I‘m available for all of that.

"The decision has been made to have a little break. I‘m sure when I‘m at home I will be sat watching and willing the lads on."

Root has been England's most consistent performer in the tour of Australia as he slammed four fifties during the Test series and had scores of 91*, 46* and 27 in the three ODIs.

The tri-series will be played between 2nd and 21st February.

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