County Championship 2022 – Joe Root rested for opening rounds of County Championship

County Championship 2022 - Joe Root rested for opening rounds of County Championship
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Joe Root, England’s Test captain, will be the notable absentee from the opening weeks of this year’s County Championship, after the ECB confirmed that he would not be made available to Yorkshire in the immediate aftermath of England’s series loss in the Caribbean.

Root’s role as Test captain remains under intense scrutiny after a disappointing winter campaign, in which England lost five and won none of their eight matches against Australia and West Indies, the former series finishing as a 4-0 loss for the second time in consecutive Ashes tours.

Writing on Twitter after England’s ten-wicket defeat in Grenada, which has left them facing the prospect of five series losses in a row for the first time in their history, Root had indicated that he would be resting up ahead of this summer’s action, which begins with a three-Test series against New Zealand, the reigning World Test Champions, in June.

“After a long winter, it’s time to take a break and recharge ahead of the summer, but I believe in the future of this team,” Root wrote, while congratulating West Indies on their victory and thanking the England fans who made their way out to Antigua, Barbados and Grenada.

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