Joe Root set to miss one-day series against India next month as part of rotation policy after draining Test battle with Virat Kohli’s side concludes
- England have a rotation policy to keep players physically and mentally fresh
- Test captain Joe Root will be afforded a break from one-day international side
- Decision is yet to be rubber-stamped but Root has been away since January 2
Joe Root is set to miss the one-day series against India next month as part of England’s ongoing rotation policy.
Test captain Root is an integral member of the one-day international team, with an England-best 16 hundreds and an average more than 50, but the final weeks of the tour have been earmarked as his rest period along with Chris Woakes.
England’s selectors are yet to rubber-stamp the proposed plans but they intend to use the 18 players on duty in five Twenty20 internationals against India for the three-match series that concludes three months on the road.
England captain Joe Root is set to be given time off during the one-day international series
Neither Root nor fellow 2019 World Cup winner Woakes – who has been away since January 2 but is yet to make an international appearance this winter – made the T20 squad and the logistical difficulties of sending players in and out of bubbles in India with the six-day quarantining requirement for those travelling from the UK makes retaining the same group for both limited-overs formats preferable.
The England hierarchy remain committed to providing rest periods for their multi-format players on an ongoing basis as part of preparation plans for the autumn double of a Twenty20 World Cup and Ashes tour.
Virat Kohli’s India are locked in a fierce battle with Root’s England in the Test series at 1-1
Meanwhile, Mark Wood pulled out of Thursday’s IPL auction last night to spend more time with his young family.
Wood notified the tournament organisers of his decision as he re-joined the England squad along with Jonny Bairstow following a spell back in the UK.
The 31-year-old was one of five England players to have entered in the top £200,000 bracket along with Moeen Ali, Jason Roy, Sam Billings and Liam Plunkett.
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