Joe Root wants his forthcoming spell with Sydney Thunder to be win-win.

The team player that the Yorkshire star is means his number one priority will be making sure the Thunder enjoy a successful Big Bash.

But the England Test captain is also keen to develop his own game as a T20 player ahead of World T20 Down Under in late 2020.

Root will depart for the Harbour City in the next few days ahead of his seven-game stint prior to England’s New Year tour of the West Indies.

It will be his first taste of life as an overseas player in a foreign league.

“To get the opportunity to play some Twenty20 cricket, a block of that format, is very rare for me,” said the 27-year-old, who has only made 61 career appearances since debuting for the White Rose in mid-2011.

“With the amount of international cricket around – a World Cup and an Ashes this summer for example – the games I’ve been rested for in the past have been Twenty20.

“It’s felt that over a period of time, I’ve had limited opportunities to play.

“I saw a small window in the calendar where I have a chance to get a string of games together to make sure I’m learning, developing and improving in that format.

“I’m very excited to be involved with Sydney Thunder.

“They’re a fantastic franchise and have some wonderful players. And the Big Bash looks a brilliant tournament.

“I’m really thrilled to be a part of that.

“To get the opportunity to go and spend a month or so out there in Sydney and enjoy the different pressures of being an overseas player.

“I’ll give everything I can for them.I really want to make an impact and see them have a successful season.

“There’s a lot of positives around it.

“There’s obviously a World Cup in Australia in a year our so’s time. Having some experience of playing in those conditions and on those surfaces – if selected – will definitely help me and hold me in good stead.

“I love all three formats, and to go out there and play is going to be great fun.”

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