England captain Joe Root opens up on his Indian Premier League dilemma
England Test captain Joe Root wants to play in the Indian Premier League (Picture: Getty)

Joe Root has reiterated his desire to play in the Indian Premier League but insists his main focus remains captaining England in Test cricket.

A number of England players have featured in the IPL in recent years and Ben Stokes bagged the most expensive deal for a foreign player when he was signed for £1.6million earlier in the year.

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Root believes the opportunity to play in the competition would help him develop his game but says his primary responsibility is representing England.

Speaking to Sky Sports prior to England’s Twenty20 international against West Indies, Root said: ‘I think it will just come down to seeing how I feel by the back end of that Australia trip [this winter].

England captain Joe Root opens up on his Indian Premier League dilemma
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‘There’s a lot of cricket to be played and I’ve got to make sure I’m in the best shape possible to play international cricket.

‘That’s my main focus, to play my best cricket for England and then anything else would be a bonus.

‘Obviously I’d have to be picked up first if I was to go into the auction but I think it would be a great opportunity to learn and develop that side of my game.’

Root added: ‘You look at Jos [Buttler] and Ben [Stokes] who’ve gone recently and look like completely different players coming back from it.

England captain Joe Root opens up on his Indian Premier League dilemma
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‘It would be a great way to try and improve my white-ball game but ultimately I’m an England player and I want to be at my best when playing for England.’

Former England captain Nasser Hussain says Root would be naïve to rule out the possibility of featuring in the IPL.

He said: ‘I would say given the opportunity you should try and play in the IPL but you have to weigh up the captaincy and how it will affect you.

‘Just bear that in mind – he won’t do it just for the money, he’ll put everything into the equation.’

England captain Joe Root opens up on his Indian Premier League dilemma
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David Lloyd, meanwhile, said modern players face a difficult dilemma to balance freelance stints with their international responsibilities.

‘The game is changing so quickly, it’s the money, they’re not fooling anybody,’ he said.

‘It’s something the lads are looking at – can they fit it in? It’s a real balancing act.’

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