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Root Looking at BBL Stint as Head Start for Next Ashes

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 20, 2018, 6:53 PM IST
Root Looking at BBL Stint as Head Start for Next Ashes

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England Test captain Joe Root, who is set to make his Big Bash League debut for Sydney Thunder, said he will keep an eye on certain players during the eighth edition of Australia's domestic T20 league to gain a “head start” for the next year’s home Ashes series against Australia.

"I will keep an eye on things while I'm out here," he told presspersons. "(I will) get a close view of certain players within this tournament and watching the Test matches on the telly."

"There's a lot of time between now and that Ashes series, and a lot of things can happen and change quite drastically in that space of time. So (it's about getting) as much information as you can now, but understanding that it doesn't always carry forward into six months' time.

"Any head start you can get ahead of a big series like that is crucial."

Despite being one of the best Test players of the modern era, Root has been in and out of England's limited-overs teams. The 27-year-old said the tournament will help him to improve his 20-over game and will also serve as an added incentive considering the 2020 T20 World Cup is in Australia.

"I watch the tournament every year. It looks like a great spectacle to be involved in," said the batsman, who will have England teammate Jos Buttler for company in the squad. "The cricket looks right at the top of the game.

"It's a great opportunity to play a block of T20 cricket, which I've not had for a long time now."

"The T20 World Cup will be here in a year's time or so. That was a nice addition. But more than anything it was getting the opportunity to play in one of the better domestic tournaments around the world."

First Published: December 20, 2018, 6:20 PM IST
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