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.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

28th February: 1st ODI, Antigua
West Indies 269-6 (DJ Bravo 87no) beat
England 254-6 (Lumb 106, Narine 2-36) by 15 runs
2nd March: 2nd ODI, Antigua
England 163-7 (Bopara 38no, Miller 2-28) beat
West Indies 159 (Simmons 70) by 3 wickets
5th March: 3rd ODI, Antigua
England 303-6 (Root 107, Buttler 99) beat
West Indies 278 (Ramdin 128) by 25 runs
9th March: 1st T20I, Barbados
West Indies 170-3 (Samuels 69no) beat
England 143-9 (Badree 3-17) by 27 runs
11th March: 2nd T20I, Barbados
West Indies 155-5 (Gayle 36, Sammy 30no) beat
England 152-7 (Santokie 4-21) by 5 wickets
13th March: 3rd T20I, Barbados
England 165-6 (Lumb 63, Hales 38) beat
West Indies 160-7 (Jordan 3-39) by 5 runs