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IPL miss disappointing but understandable – Joe Root

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England star batsman Joe Root has expressed his disappointment at being unsold during the recent IPL auction which took place in January.
Joe Root added, “For me, I wasn’t going to fit into any one of those IPL teams. There’s not really much you can do. It was disappointing but it’s also very understandable. Sides have a clear idea of what they want their makeup of their team to look like and they build around that.”Root had entered the auction in the hope of playing in the IPL for the first time as he bids to improve his T20 skills but none of the franchises picked him up despite his being nominated as one of the marquee players. “I was disappointed,” Root said. “The reason I wanted to go out there was to play more Twenty20 cricket; it wasn’t to go and earn as much money as possible. I’m not in that position.”

“You’ve just got to get on with the rest of the cricket I can play. It gives me a really good period to make sure everything is set for the start of the Test season back at home but it would have been really nice to have had the experience and everything that the IPL brings to the table.”
Root was rested from England’s Trans-Tasman T20 tri-Series, which involved Australia and New Zealand, with the expectation that he would secure an IPL deal and spend April and some of May in India. Given the hectic nature of England’s schedule for the rest of the year, it was decided by head coach Trevor Bayliss that the tri-series was the best time for a break.
That decision has now seemingly backfired. Root will get a decent rest after the tour of New Zealand in early April and he missed out valuable T20 games and the chance to develop in a format that he is determined to improve in. Although it was an understandable decision – Root going unsold was somewhat surprising and it is important that England look after him – the sense of frustration on the 27-year-old’s part is evident.
“It’s completely out of my control,” Root said ahead of the fourth ODI between New Zealand and England in Dunedin on Wednesday (March 7). “The amount of Twenty20 cricket I’m available to play at the moment is minimal and there’s a World T20 in a couple of years’ time. I thought IPL would be a great opportunity to get some good experience in a fantastic tournament.”

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