Joe Root insists he still has plenty to offer England’s T20 side ahead of the World Cup in Australia next October and November.
The Yorkshire star has not travelled to New Zealand for the five-match series at the start of next month, instead only linking up with the Test squad for the two-match series later in the month.
Root has only played 23 Twenty20 matches since the end of the last World T20 in April 2016.
Twelve of those have come for England, four for Yorkshire and seven for Sydney Thunder.
A busy international schedule has stunted the 28-year-old’s progression in 20-over cricket and is the reason why he is not in New Zealand for the full schedule of fixtures.
The likes of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes have also been rested from the T20s.
Young gun Tom Banton has been given his chance to impress new head coach Chris Silverwood after some sparkling Vitality Blast form for Somerset.
Root has never hidden away from the fact that he doesn’t possess the power game that a number of his team-mates do – Buttler, Bairstow, Morgan, Stokes and Roy for example.
But he still averages 35.72 across 32 international appearances and has oodles of experience.