Former England batter Luke Wright feels that Joe Root will require a little time to find his groove in the ODI format after a lengthy break. His comments come at the back of Root’s poor form against New Zealand and his subsequent request to be included in the Ireland series.
What did Luke Wright say?
The England selector believes that Joe Root’s form isn’t of much concern yet and it is mostly down to rustiness. He lauded the former skipper’s enthusiasm and desire to improve and do more, which is the reason for Root’s inclusion in the first ODI squad against Ireland.
“It's great for someone to have that desire to keep wanting to do more, he just wanted a bit more time. It shows what makes him such a world-class player that when he doesn't feel quite right that he still wants to tinker and do more,” Wright praised Root’s mentality.
Wright on selecting Brook over Roy
Last World Cup’s hero and one of the torch bearers of England’s white ball revolution, Jason Roy’s exclusion from the World Cup 2023 squad has dominated headlines across platforms. Wright offered his insights on the matter.
He believes Brook will give England a greater depth with his dynamism and ability to play in multiple positions. The recent form of the Sunrisers Hyderabad batter has also been a factor, but Wright concedest that it was a tough decision.
“From Jason's point of view, he probably only covers us for an opener, Harry gives us that cover from number one to number six and has obviously been in great form as well. It's been an incredibly tough decision but it shows where we're at in English cricket, that there are so many tough decisions,” Wright explained his reasoning behind the selection.
England squad for Ireland series
England have announced a much changed squad for the Ireland series, which will be starting for tomorrow. Wright feels that this is a great opportunity for some of the more younger players, like captain Zack Crawley to have the experienced Root around.
“It's great for the lads in that squad that Joe will be around so they can learn off him and see how he goes about his business,” Wright said ahead of England’s three match ODI series which will be starting on 20 September.
Zack Crawley with his ODI experience of a grand total of three matches will be captaining the side. The players selected will be hoping to prove their merit for the World Cup by putting in some serious performances and giving the selectors a headache.
England ODI squad vs Ireland: Zak Crawley (c), Ben Duckett (vc), Rehan Ahmed, Joe Root (first ODI only), Brydon Carse, Sam Hain, Will Jacks, Craig Overton, Matthew Potts, Phil Salt, George Scrimshaw, Jamie Smith, Luke Wood.