T20 Tri-series: England's Joe Root pulls out of tournament, Ben Stokes' return delayed by court appearance

Joe Root on Tuesday pulled out of England's Twenty20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand, as Ben Stokes confirmed his return to international cricket would be delayed by a court appearance.

AFP, January 23, 2018

Sydney: Joe Root on Tuesday pulled out of England's Twenty20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand, as Ben Stokes confirmed his return to international cricket would be delayed by a court appearance.

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.

File image of England's Joe Root. Reuters

File image of England's Joe Root. Reuters

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."

Stokes is due in court to face charges of affray on 13 February, the same day England play New Zealand in the T20 series.

The 26-year-old missed England's Ashes series defeat in Australia after he was suspended from international duty by the England and Wales Cricket Board following his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in September.

He was last week included in the squad to play the triangular T20 tournament.

"As has been confirmed in the media a first hearing date at court has been set for 13th February," Stokes tweeted Tuesday.

"In the circumstances, I have decided that it would not be right to join my teammates until after attending court on the 13th."

The news came ahead of this year's Indian Premier League auction set for 27-28 January in Bangalore, with both Root and Stokes lining up as among the top-ranking players the eight teams can bid for.

Australian captain Steve Smith has been rested for the T20 games ahead of the crucial Test tour to South Africa, with David Warner stepping up to lead the team.

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.

Updated Date: Jan 23, 2018





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114