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Joe Root to Play for England Against Ireland in ODI

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Joe Root to Play for England Against Ireland in ODI

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England, with first-time skipper Zak Crawley, are focusing on their white-ball future against Ireland this week for their ODI series. Crawley is grateful to have the immensely experienced Joe Root alongside him for the series opener at Headingley.

As England’s World Cup defense nears, they depart for India next week and kick off the tournament on October 5. Joe Root is the sole member of the first-choice squad participating in the match against Ireland.

He requested to join the squad for Wednesday’s first ODI at his home ground, aiming to have one more opportunity to rediscover the form he struggled to find in the recent matches against New Zealand.

This outing is expected to be mutually beneficial, as Root brings 162 caps and a decade of experience to a squad that is noticeably inexperienced. The other 12 players in the squad have just 38 one-day international appearances combined, including four uncapped newcomers and three who have only played once.

Crawley himself has limited experience, having played only three ODIs two summers ago due to Covid-related withdrawals. He is delighted to have his first Test captain, Joe Root, alongside him, providing a familiar and experienced presence.


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“I love spending time with Rooty. To have him in the side as a batsman and former captain is going to be tremendously useful for me and the team,” he said.

“It’s great having him here. Especially so for me as captain, because I can lean on him for that kind of stuff. I played under him for a long time and stood next to him at slip when he was Test captain. It’s great to have him in the team and I will look to him. He’s a great cricket brain and experienced guy.”

“No-one works harder than Joe, that’s why he’s the best. We all try to emulate him as much as we can. He’s a great person to learn from and a role model for us all. I hope he gets what he needs from it too,” he added further.

Root’s primary requirement, following his struggle to score 39 runs in four innings against the Black Caps, is an opportunity to regain his batting rhythm and timing before heading to India. Crawley, among others, anticipates nothing less.

Root is among the 11 members of the World Cup squad who are over 30, and he’s one of the eight who secured the trophy on home soil four years ago. It has been evident for a while that a transition in the team is looming, with Jason Roy’s late replacement by Harry Brook serving as another reminder that the generational shift is imminent.

Crawley expressed his “shock” when head coach Matthew Mott offered him the captaincy, as it was a swift promotion for someone who had initially aimed for nothing more than a spot on the team. For Crawley and his companions, the upcoming three games could serve as the gateway to potential future opportunities.

“We’re trying to get this group to become the main team one day,” he said.


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