England withdraw Joe Root from Twenty20 firing line

England Test captain Joe Root has been left out of the T20 squad for the three games against South Africa in February (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
England Test captain Joe Root has been left out of the T20 squad for the three games against South Africa in February (Picture: Mike Egerton/PA Wire)
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Joe Root has been left out of England Twenty20 squad for the tour of South Africa, despite a number of other 50-over stars earning recalls.

The Sheffield-born Test captain missed the five-match T20 series with New Zealand in November alongside fellow World Cup winners Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood.

Selected for the T20 squad, England's Ben Stokes (Picture: PA)

Selected for the T20 squad, England's Ben Stokes (Picture: PA)

But those six are back in captain Eoin Morgan’s squad for the three-game series with South Africa in February.

Root’s exclusion is the biggest indication yet that his spot in the team for the T20 World Cup next year is no longer guaranteed.

He has only scored one half-century for England during his last 12 innings in the shorter format of the game, which was 55 against the West Indies in March, and struggled for form at the Big Bash last winter.

National selector Ed Smith explained: “These two squads were selected with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020.

We want to expand the pool of players who can perform successfully for England, while also helping the team to peak for major tournaments.

Ed Smith

“In the T20s, a number of players who were rested for the successful 3-2 victory in New Zealand return to the squad: Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy.

“We want to expand the pool of players who can perform successfully for England, while also helping the team to peak for major tournaments.”

Liam Plunkett remains absent, as he did for the tour of New Zealand, and looks unlikely to play for his country again.

The Yorkshire trio of Jonny Bairstow, Adil Rashid and new signing Dawid Malan have been included in both squads.

Selected for the T20 squad, England's Jofra Archer. (Picture: PA)

Selected for the T20 squad, England's Jofra Archer. (Picture: PA)

Tom Banton, Sam Billings, Lewis Gregory, Saqib Mahmood and James Vince miss out on a spot in the T20 squad, but Banton and Mahmood will be in South Africa for the three-match ODI series. Archer, Buttler, Stokes and Wood will not take part in the ODI series with the ECB looking to manage the workloads ahead of October’s T20 World Cup.

England ODI squad: Morgan, Ali, Bairstow, Banton, Brown, S Curran, T Curran, Denly, Jordan, Mahmood, Malan, Parkinson (Lancashire), Rashid, Root, Roy, Woakes.

England T20 squad: Morgan, Ali, Archer, Bairstow, Buttler, Brown, S Curran, T Curran, Denly, Jordan, Malan, Parkinson, Rashid, Roy, Stokes, Wood.