Root withdraws from T20I tri-series against Australia, New Zealand

Joe Root withdraws from England Twenty20 squad

"I love playing for England and I don't like missing games of cricket", the 27-year-old Yorkshire batsman said in a statement.

Joe Root will miss the Twenty20 triangular tournament with Australia and New Zealand that follows the one-day worldwide series in Australia as England seek to give their Test captain a period of rest during a busy winter.

Having played in each of the five-match Ashes Test series, the English skipper will now return back home for a break after the ongoing ODIs against Australia, and join the team back for the five-match ODI series in New Zealand, starting February 25.

Ben Stokes has revealed he will not make his England return until after his first court appearance on February 13.

The 26-year-old missed England's Ashes series defeat in Australia after he was suspended from global duty by the England and Wales Cricket Board following his involvement in an incident outside a nightclub in September.

Suspended England all-rounder Ben Stokes is to delay his arrival for the country's tour of New Zealand in order to attend his first court hearing into a charge of affray.

He was last week included in the squad to play the triangular T20 tournament.

"He hasn't played any cricket for a little while either so it's basically my thought that he should probably start in New Zealand just to allow him a little bit of time to get up to speed".

The T20 tri-series takes place in Australia and New Zealand from February 3-21.

England's next match in the series where Stokes could be available is a February 18 clash against the Black Caps in Hamilton.

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