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Root doubtful for World T20 with thumb injury

Reuters | Last Updated: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:02

England batsman Joe Root is a major doubt for the World Twenty20 tournament this month after fracturing his thumb during England`s one-day series clincher in the West Indies.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said Root was returning home from the Caribbean.

"Joe Root has a fractured thumb and is returning home to see a specialist," the ECB said on Twitter. "Ruled out of West Indies T20`s, World T20 decision not made yet."

The World Twenty20 begins in Bangladesh on March 16.

England`s first match is against New Zealand on March 22 followed by games against Sri Lanka, South Africa and one of the minor nations.

Root played all three one-dayers against West Indies, scoring his first international limited-overs century in the final match to help England clinch the series 2-1 despite being struck on the thumb by a delivery from Ravi Rampaul early in his knock.

England are scheduled to play three Twenty20 internationals against West Indies starting on Sunday in Barbados.

West Indies have recalled hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle for the T20 series after he missed the one-dayers.

First Published: Friday, March 7, 2014 - 11:02

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