Root loses his place in T20 squad
England Test captain Joe Root has been left out of the squad for next year's three T20 internationals against South Africa.
The Yorkshire star remains in England's plans, but selectors are looking at other options ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in October 2020.
Root misses out, with all-rounder Moeen Ali coming in after taking a break from Test cricket. Ali has been named in the T20 and ODI squads, while World Cup winner Liam Plunkett will miss the three one-day matches.
The ODIs take place on February 4th, 7th and 9th, while the T20s take place a few days later on February 12th, 14th and 16th.
Pat Brown, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood and Tom Banton will feature in the ODI squad, while Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and Mark Wood are all rested.
Speaking about Root's absence, National Selector Ed Smith told Sky Sports: "These two squads were selected with an eye on the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020.
"In the T20s, a number of players who were rested for the successful 3-2 victory in New Zealand return to the squad: Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Jason Roy.
"We want to expand the pool of players who can perform successfully for England, while also helping the team to peak for major tournaments."
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