Paul Farbrace considers Joe Root as England's best player

Paul Farbrace considers Joe Root as England’s best player

Root was dropped from the eleven in the third T20I in Bristol.

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Joe Root, lately, hasn’t had the greatest of times in international cricket. He scored a half-century at the Oval against Australia but hasn’t been able to get significant scores under his belt thereafter. He also played in the T20I series, however, couldn’t make any contribution with the willow. Subsequently, with the return of Ben Stokes to the squad, he was dropped for the final T20I against India at the County Ground in Bristol.

He scored 0 and 9 in Manchester and Cardiff respectively after which the team management decided to bench the Yorkshire-born player. Meanwhile, Paul Farbrace, England’s interim coach, considers that Root has the variety of strokes to thrive in the shortest format of the sport, albeit he doesn’t possess the brute force of the other batsmen in the team.

“Any experience will definitely help him” Farbrace on Root

”He is our best player. He is a fantastic player in all forms of the game. In T20 you need players who can manipulate the strike and can keep you in the entire game and that is a skill that Joe has. He has the ability to hit boundaries. He might not have the power of a Ben Stokes or a Jonny Bairstow but strong cricket shots in T20 cricket will get you where you want.

I am sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to show he is a quality player in all forms of the game. He will be spurred on by that and he will do everything he can to make sure he is ready for Thursday’s game at Trent Bridge,” Farbrace was quoted as saying by the media.

Root is the skipper of the Test team since South Africa’s Test series against England back in 2017. Eoin Morgan shoulders the ODI and the T20I side. Farbrace also mentioned that Root can get better at his job by keeping a close eye on Morgan. The Brits next play India in the ODI series which starts from July 12 and Root is in the English squad for the three-match affair.

”Any experience he has had over the last few days will definitely help him. I am sure he will be watching the way Eoin talks to the team, the way he goes about things and the decisions that he makes. I am sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain whether it is a red or a white ball,” he added.

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