Joe Root enters IPL Auction: Can his T20 career resurrect?

Former England captain, Joe Root, will go under the hammer in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 player auction. On Tuesday, an ESPNcricinfo report stated that Root has "put his name forward for the forthcoming IPL auction". He made a similar attempt in 2018 but remained unsold.


Root last played a T20 International in May 2019 (against Pakistan). He put his entire focus on Test and ODI cricket thereafter. Earlier this year, Root became just the second Englishman to complete 10,000 Test runs. However, Root hasn't scaled similar heights in T20 cricket.

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Although Root is not among the big hitters, his T20I record is impressive. The right-handed batter has racked up 893 runs from 32 T20Is at an average of 35.72. His strike rate is also better than many current high-profile batters (126.30).


Root has made limited appearances in T20 tournaments. He featured in the 2018/19 Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder, having amassed 93 runs. Root has also played in The Hundred for Trent Rockets.


Root has the second-highest score by an England batter at number five in T20I cricket. He struck an unbeaten 90 against Australia in 2013. Notably, Liam Livingstone bettered this tally with a 103-run knock against Pakistan last year.


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