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Root Ruled Out Of Barbados T20s

Joe Root
Joe Root will miss the three-match Twenty20 International series in Barbados
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England batsman Joe Root has a broken thumb and will miss the three-match Twenty20 International series against the West Indies in Barbados as a result.

He was struck with just the third delivery of his innings in the third and final One-Day International in Antigua, although he played on, scoring his maiden ODI century with a knock of 103.

However, he played no further part in the game and will now leave the tour and return home to see a specialist.

Coming so soon before the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh, it puts his participation in the tournament at risk although England have not yet made a decision.

England begin their campaign against New Zealand on 22nd March, also playing Sri Lanka (27th March), South Africa (29th March) and a qualifier (31st March).

They would be allowed to replace Root in their squad should he be ruled out and Ian Bell, who was drafted into the Twenty20 squad in the West Indies to cover for earlier injuries to Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan, would be the favourite to step in and head to Bangladesh.

Root, whose century helped England clinch a 2-1 series win, has played seven Twenty20 Internationals for England and has a top score of 90 not out.

Bell has not played a T20I since 2011.

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