Root set for West Indies rest to avoid exhaustion

Joe Root is one of six Yorkshiremen in the England squad
Joe Root is one of six Yorkshiremen in the England squad
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Sheffield’s Joe Root may be rested on England’s tour of the West Indies next month.

The Sheffield Collegiate batsman, aged 24, has played more matches than any other England player since his Test debut in 2012 - appearing 83 times over all formats.

Root has established himself as a key player for England in Test matches, T20s and One-Day Internationals.

But with a mammoth schedule ahead - England are due to play Test series on three continents, face a home Ashes series against Australia and compete in the World T20 in India - England are keen to avoid burning the young star out, and could rest him against the West Indies - especially with a comfortable series win expected against weakened opponents.

England play 17 Test matches in just over nine months, including series against Pakistan and South Africa.