Root to miss T20 tri-series

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By 2018-01-24

Joe Root on Tuesday pulled out of England's Twenty20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

Test captain Root, who has played in all five Ashes matches and the first three ODIs against Australia this month, will return to England before playing in the one-day international series against New Zealand in late February.

Root said he did not like missing games but made a decision to 'have a little break'. His replacement has not yet been named.
"I came into this tour wanting to play everything. I love playing for England and I don't like missing games of cricket," the 27-year-old Yorkshire batsman said in a statement.

"I had a long chat with (coach) Trevor Bayliss about things and there's obviously a big summer ahead and a lot of cricket still to be played.

"It's going to be really important to make sure that I'm available for all of that."

The T20 tri-series takes place in Australia and New Zealand from 3-21 February.

England's five-match ODI series against New Zealand runs from 25 February to 10 March.

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