Joe Root jokes Ben Stokes has ‘kicked him off his own patch’ after Hundred snub

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Author 2019-10-11 12:54:00

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England Test captain Joe Root has joked he’s been ‘kicked out of his own patch’ by Ben Stokes for the Hundred competition.

Northern Superchargers selected England all-rounder Stokes over Root and Jonny Bairstow for next summer’s tournament.

Root will therefore line up for Nottingham-based Trent Rockets rather than his home team and said: ‘It is what it is.

‘But you look at the summer we’ve just had and the guys the region had to pick from, it’s obviously very hard to look beyond Ben Stokes.

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‘I’ve been kicked out of my own patch by him basically!’

The new 100-ball competition, which will be played between eight city-based franchise teams, will run from July 17 to August 16 next summer.

Durham star Stokes was picked by the Leeds-based team after a summer in which he helped England win the World Cup and draw the Ashes 2-2.

Stokes scored a stunning century in the third Ashes Test at Headingley to steer England to a remarkable victory and keep the series alive.

‘I’m sure with Ben’s history at Headingley people will be getting entertained with some fantastic performances when he’s able to play,’ Root added.

‘But I’m looking forward to working with some fantastic people at Trent Bridge and the chance to play on a flat wicket with some short boundaries.’

Root hopes the Hundred can build on a fantastic summer of cricket and insists some supporters will have to ‘keep an open mind’.

‘It’s going to be a fantastic tournament and one I think lots of people will have to keep an open mind about as it’s different and new,’ he said on The Cricket Show on BBC Radio Leeds.

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‘I believe it could add a different way of thinking and looking at the game and improve both county and Test cricket.

‘I’m really looking forward to it, even if I will have to go into the away dressing room rather than the home one at Headingley!’

Root also backed Jonny Bairstow to bounce back from the disappointment of being dropped from England’s Test squad for the upcoming tour to New Zealand.

Bairstow endured an underwhelming Ashes series and Root said: ‘He’s obviously disappointed.

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‘But he knows his performances have slipped over the past 18 months and not been at the standard he expects.

‘One thing I expect from Jonny is a response. He’ll go away and work on parts of his game to ensure he’s ready to return when called upon.

‘Having played in all formats like he has in recent years, he just hasn’t had the opportunities to work on his game when you’re moving from one series straight into the next.’

Root will be working with a new management team in New Zealand after Chris Silverwood was appointed head coach following Trevor Bayliss’ departure.

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