After suffering a humiliating 4-0 defeat in the recently concluded Ashes Series, England will now shift their focus towards the limited over ODI and T20I matches. However, if it were up to England national team coach Trevor Bayliss, he would go into the T20I tri-series without his captain Joe Root.
Joe Root who finished the Ashes series in the hospital due to gastroenteritis and exhaustion has been advised by Bayliss to miss the upcoming limited-over matches, in order to prepare for the next Ashes series in Australia in 2021-2022.
However, it is seeming more likely that Root will take part in the T20I series, along with putting his name in the forthcoming IPL auction. This decision of his could cost him important rest that players are being advised to take by various boards in order to deal with fatigue and exhaustion from playing 3 formats.
Joe Root wants to keep up with all the T20 cricket
Speaking after the 5th Ashes test match, Bayliss said,
“We had that discussion a few days ago and I suggested to Joe he shouldn’t play in the tri-series and have a break.”
“But he feels when he’s had a break it’s always been a Twenty20 series and he wants to play in 50-over and T20 world cups. He believes that if he misses all the T20 cricket over the next year he won’t be up to speed when the world tournaments come along. We’ll be chatting again. There are difficult decisions to make.”
Speaking about the increasing number of matches and the growth numerous local T20 leagues, Bayliss said,
“There’s so much cricket now it is hard to be playing in all formats. You’ve got to be Superman to get through it. Separation of the two teams is happening because guys find it difficult to put up with it.”
However, Bayliss realised that he can only advise the England captain, the final decision will firmly lie in his hands. “Possibly Joe will miss England games going forward but he does play a few county matches and that’s another thing to look at. Maybe we will look and decide he shouldn’t play county matches before Tests.” added the 55-year-old.