Joe Root won't lose his place in T20Is: England's interim coach

Joe Root won’t lose his place in T20Is: England’s interim coach

Root scored 49 from 24 balls in the only T20I against the Aussies.

Paul Farbrace
Paul Farbrace. (Photo by Mark Robinson/Getty Images)

England recently annihilated Australia in the ODI series and the only T20I. Their batsmen were rampant and took the opponents’ bowling by the scruff of their necks. Joe Root was impressive in the matches, but his fellow batters in Jason Roy and Johnny Bairstow were stupendous. Meanwhile, a couple of the team’s players in the form of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes are waiting in the wings.

While Woakes isn’t expected to return any soon, Stokes may find a place in the squad following his injury layoff. The Brits are next scheduled to play India in three T20Is and as many ODIs thereafter. Meanwhile, Paul Farbrace, who is the standing coach while Trevor Bayliss is on a break, mentioned that Root won’t be ousted from the team owing to the flexibility he brings to the setup.

“It is nice having that flexibility”- Farbrace on Root

“Absolutely. You need your best batsman. I can’t believe anybody else in our set-up would argue against that. He is world-class in all forms of the game. You do need nous, and you do need people playing in different ways. There will be times when he is the outstanding player in a T20 game and gets us over the line,” Farbrace was quoted as saying in NDTV Sports.

“The best players adapt and score runs, whether it is 20 overs or 50 overs or Test match cricket, and he is without a doubt one of the finest players in the world. He could go anywhere from three to six – and it is nice having that flexibility and that cool, calm head,” he added while hailing him as one of the best batsmen doing the rounds in world cricket.

“Ben — the fact he is a three-in-one, he can bowl and he is the best fielder — you are going to bring him in as soon as he is available,” Farbrace told while heaping praises on Ben Stokes and hoping to get him back in the squad at the earliest.

Jos Buttler was superlative the other day in Birmingham as he notched the fastest-fifty by an English batsman in T20Is. He accomplished the feat in 22 balls and went on to score 61 runs from 30 balls, which laid the platform for his team’s massive score. The interim coach also lauded Buttler for the record and mentioned Eoin Morgan’s role in promoting the batsman to open.

“Jos played magnificently well… (but) you could easily argue a couple of others could have had a go – and maybe Halesy walked to the crease with a bit of a point to prove. You are going to go with the captain pretty much every time, because he takes the team on to the field,” he iterated.

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