Root to miss T20 tri-series, Stokes delays return

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England Test captain Joe Root will miss the forthcoming Twenty20 tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

"It is a decision that has taken a long time to come to", Root said. I love playing for England and I don't like missing games of cricket. It's going to be really important to make sure that I'm available for all of that.

Ben Stokes will not join up with the England squad in New Zealand until after he appears in Bristol Magistrates' Court to answer an affray charge on February 13.

The Durham all-rounder was suspended by the European Central Bank while he awaited news on whether he would be charged, meaning he missed the Ashes and is sitting out the limited overs matches in Australia.

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Before his arrest past year, Stokes was the most valuable player across all three formats. Stokes hurt his hand in the incident that led to his arrest and that injury would have put him out of England's warm-up games in Australia before the first Ashes test had he been able to travel, enough in itself to warrant being sacked as vice-captain.

England begin their campaign against Australia in Hobart on February 7, prior to which they have a warm-up T20 scheduled in Canberra against Prime Minister's XI.

England will face the Black Caps in Wellington on February 13 - but England's all-rounder is already booked up for that date, which he confirmed Tuesday morning via Twitter.