Root likely to miss World Twenty20

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Root is likely to be replaced by Ian Bell

England batsman Joe Root is likely to miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month after sustaining a broken thumb during the third ODI against the West Indies in Antigua.

Root suffered the injury when he was hit on the hand by a delivery from West Indies pace bowler Ravi Rampaul.

Despite the pain, Root went on to score his maiden ODI century.

Following the match, Root underwent scans which confirmed the break and he will now return to England to see a specialist.

“It was an incredibly brave knock,” England captain Stuart Broad said after the third ODI. “He came off, and his thumb was very ugly. Eoin (Morgan) was going to go out after the rain break. But then two minutes before, Joe put his helmet on and stormed out.

“I think it was clear for everybody to see the discomfort he was in. To battle through that and go and get a hundred…that’s the sort of commitment and desire you want guys to have playing for England.”

Ian Bell is likely to replace Root in England’s World Twenty20 squad.

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