Root’s last appearance for England in the T20 format came in 2019. © Getty
England cricketer Joe Root has enrolled himself for the forthcoming IPL auction, scheduled to be held on December 23 in Kochi, Cricbuzz understands. Root had entered the IPL auction in 2018 but remained unsold.
Due to a hectic schedule, Root’s appearances in T20 tournaments have been limited. Although, he did play in the Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder in 2018-19 where he compiled 93 runs, alongside partaking in a few matches in The Hundred for Trent Rockets. Root has a fine record for England in T20Is (893 runs at an average of 35.72) but has not played for the national side in that format since May 2019.
Recently, the former England captain had observed that he would look to explore new opportunities in the shortest format. “I would certainly debate going into the IPL draw quite seriously and hope to get exposure in that tournament. It would be great to get involved in the continuous enormity of each game and how much it means,” Root was quoted as saying by Daily Mail.
“I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats,” Root said. “If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it. You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years, might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game,” he added.
Root is presently in the UAE as part of preparations for the Test tour of Pakistan in December. England then embark on a Test tour of New Zealand in February next year where they play two Tests. England also play white-ball series in South Africa and Bangladesh in early 2023. England’s home season commences on June 1 when they take on Ireland in a Test at Lord’s followed by the Ashes. So Root is set to be available for at least most part of 2023 IPL.