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England leave out Joe Root for South Africa T20Is
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England leave out Joe Root for South Africa T20Is

England on Friday left out Test captain Joe Root for the upcoming T20I series in South Africa.

The likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer have been rested for the three ODIs but will join the squad for the three T20Is starting February 12.

Joe Root is a part of the ODI squad led by Eoin Morgan but has been left out of the T20I squad as selectors continue to explore their options ahead of the T20I World Cup in October this year.

Worcestershire seam bowler Pat Brown, hard hitting batsman Tom Banton and the Lancashire duo of Matthew Parkinson and Saqib Mahmood have been given a nod for the 50-over cricket.

Tom Banton and Saqib Mahmood were a part of the T20I side which won the recent series over New Zealand but couldn’t win a place in the T20I squad.

"These two squads were selected with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020," chief selector Ed Smith said in ECB’s press release.

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

England ODI squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex/capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jonny Bairstow (Yorkshire), Tom Banton (Somerset), Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Saqib Mahmood (Lancashire), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire)

England T20I squad

Eoin Morgan (Middlesex/capt), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), Jofra Archer (Sussex), Jonathan Bairstow (Yorkshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Pat Brown (Worcestershire), Sam Curran (Surrey), Tom Curran (Surrey), Joe Denly (Kent), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Dawid Malan (Yorkshire), Matthew Parkinson (Lancashire), Adil Rashid (Yorkshire), Jason Roy (Surrey), Ben Stokes (Durham), Mark Wood (Durham)