Joe Root will not be a part of England’s playing XI when they take the field for the first match of the 3-match One Day International (ODI) series, starting on January 15th.
According to reports, the 26-year-old batsman has pledged not to travel until his partner Carrie Cotterell has given birth. Joe and Carrie got engaged last March before the start of the 2016 ICC World Twenty20.
Root is arguably England’s best batsman in all three formats of the game and his services will be missed by the side in the ODI series. England cricket team are on a festive break and they are scheduled to return to India on Thursday for the second leg of the tour.
The Mail reported, citing an ECB spokesman, that Root is not expected to be amongst the traveling party as things stand. Root, who was England’s leading run-getter in the five-match Test series against Virat Kohli-India, has opted to stay with partner Carrie who will be entering the final stages of pregnancy, a report in The Mail said.