Paul Farbrace backs Joe Root to win back Twenty20 place
Root was left out of the final Vitality IT20 against India in Bristol on Sunday.
Test captain Joe Root still has a big part to play in England’s Twenty20 team and can learn from limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, according to acting head coach Paul Farbrace.
Root was dropped for the final Vitality IT20 against India in Bristol on Sunday, when the tourists secured a seven-wicket win to wrap up the series.
England will get the chance to redress the balance in the one-day internationals, which start at Trent Bridge on Thursday.
Captain Morgan admitted omitting Root for the Twenty20 was “not an easy decision” as fit-again all-rounder Ben Stokes came back into the side.
For the 50-over series, Farbrace will revert to his role as assistant to Trevor Bayliss, who returns to the helm after some time taking in England Lions and county cricket.
And Farbrace believes Root will be determined to make an impact in Nottingham.
“Every player goes through a period where you either find it tough or you are left out the side or whatever. We all know that his response will be to work harder, try harder and score more runs – that’s the nature of him,” Farbrace said.
“I’m sure he was bitterly disappointed to be left out because he wants to play every game for England and he wants to show he’s a high-quality player in all forms of the game, so he will be disappointed.
“But we all know Joe very well – he’ll be spurred on by that and he will do all he can to make sure he is ready come Thursday’s game at Trent Bridge.
“I still think, and I genuinely believe, that if England are to be successful in T20 cricket over the next couple of years leading into the World Cup, Joe Root will play a magnificent and big part in that.
“He is our best player – a fantastic player in all forms of the game.
“Yes he hasn’t got any runs in the last couple of games and yes that does make you vulnerable in any side. Runs are your currency – that’s what you’re selected on.
“Joe has the ability to hit boundaries. He might not have the raw power of a Stokes or a (Jonny) Bairstow, but strong cricket shots, even in 20-over cricket will get you your reward.”
Farbrace believes Root can learn from Morgan – and vice versa.
“There are signs of Joe really getting to grips with the Test match team as a captain, and I think any experience like he has had over the past few days will definitely help him”, Farbrace said.
“Players learn from players and I am sure he’ll be watching the way Morgs talks to the team, the way he goes about things, the way that he makes the decisions that he makes.
“I’m sure those two will have lots of conversations about the role of being England cricket captain whether it’s with red or white ball. I think he’ll definitely learn from that.”
Farbrace feels England will face another stern challenge from India in the ODI series.
“They are a magnificent side, and are definitely here to get stuck into the challenge,” he said. “We are going to have to play extremely well to win it.”