England batsman Joe Root has decided to participate in Wednesday's one-day international series opener against Ireland as he seeks additional practice ahead of the upcoming World Cup.
As England's World Cup defence is scheduled to kick off in India on October 5, Root is the sole member of the World Cup squad who will be facing Ireland.
Root personally requested to be included in the squad for the match, which will take place at his home ground, Headingley. He aims to use this opportunity to fine-tune his form, which had slipped in recent matches against New Zealand, where he managed to score only 39 runs in four innings. Notably, New Zealand is also set to face England in the opening game of the World Cup in Ahmedabad.
Root's presence in the squad is particularly appreciated by Zak Crawley, who is standing in as the white-ball captain for the Ireland series in place of the rested Jos Buttler.
Crawley expressed his enthusiasm about having Root in the team, highlighting the invaluable experience and guidance he brings. As a former captain and an accomplished batsman, Root's addition is seen as tremendously beneficial for both Crawley and the team.
Crawley emphasised that having Root around is especially advantageous for him as a captain, as he can lean on Root for support and insights. He commended Root's work ethic, characterizing him as the best and a role model for everyone in the team. Crawley hopes that Root will also benefit from this opportunity and find the form he seeks.