The English skipper Eoin Morgan accepted that sacking Joe Root from the third T20I squad against India is the hardest move to make. Morgan said that opting for Ben Stokes for the decisive game was done keeping his bowling abilities in mind. Joe Root scored only 9 runs from the previous two T20Is. Ben Stokes recovered from a serious hamstring injury before the T20I series against India.
In this context, Eoin Morgan, who was leading the team for both the ODI and T20I formats, said that Joe Root’s poor form is not the solitary reason to rest him for the game. He opined that “Dropping Joe is not an easy decision,”
“When you look up the balance of the game and trying to win the game on this ground, it came down to Ben as a bowling option.
“If we had Joe as a sixth bowler when we needed it – and we needed it here today – an extra spinner didn’t really match up with India well. That was the call we made.
“Joe was understanding but obviously disappointed to miss out. Obviously, that changes moving forward into the 50-over games.”
However, India won the game against England by 7 wickets by an unbeaten century by Rohit Sharma and the four-wicket haul by Hardik Pandya. In the first innings, England posted a decent score of 198/9 in 20 overs which were beaten by the Indians in 18.4 overs.
Ben Stokes stood as the most economical bowler by conceding 11 runs off 3 overs without picking a wicket. He scored 14 runs in this game. On the other hand, the captain was questioned about not allowing Ben Stokes to bowl four overs in this game.
Morgan replied,”It was tactical – we couldn’t get a wicket, so I was chopping and changing trying to get a wicket, or find a wicket, trying to be as unpredictable as we could, but it didn’t work.”
India will take on England in the first ODI on 12th July at Trent Bridge.