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Joe Root left out of England T20 squad for matches in South Africa

14 December, 2019 12:00 AM printer

England Test captain Joe Root has been left out of the squad for the three T20 internationals in South Africa, reports BBC.

With a Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020, the selectors wanted to look at other players, though Root does remain in their plans.

Fast bowler Liam Plunkett, a World Cup winner, has been left out of squad for the three one-day internationals. All-rounder Moeen Ali, who has opted to take a break from Test cricket, is in both squads.

The ODIs are on 4, 7 and 9 February and the T20s the following week on 12, 14, and 16, all following the conclusion of the four-match Test series, which starts on 26 December. The ODIs will be the first time England have played 50-over cricket since being crowned world champions last July.

Uncapped quartet Pat Brown, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood and Tom Banton feature in a squad once again led by Eoin Morgan and containing eight players that featured during the World Cup.

James Vince and Liam Dawson join Plunkett in being left out. Plunkett took three wickets in the World Cup final but was not given a central contract in September and, at 34, is unlikely to be around when England defend their crown in India in 2023.