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Joe Root eyeing up move to India and could be huge draw in 2022 IPL draft

England captain Joe Root is considering India for his next move after England’s humiliating Ashes tour down under finishes.

The visitors are just playing for pride after Australia grabbed victory after winning three successive Tests.

And Root is eyeing up a chance to play in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after he leaves Australia.

You can follow the top IPL betting sites for the best odds on who Root joins with the draft going ahead on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

Four years ago the now 31-year-old went unsold in the auction for the lucrative T20 league, but he will hope for better luck this time.

“Time is ticking but I have a lot to weigh up,” Root told ESPNcricinfo.com.

“Will it have a negative impact on me playing Test cricket? If I don’t think so then I will put myself in the auction. But I will never do anything that will detract from playing Test cricket for England.

“It’s so important to make sure that is the priority for me and other players as well.”

Joseph Edward Root – awarded an MBE – has only ever played abroad for the Sydney Thunders in Australia, staying loyal to Yorkshire since his debut in 2009.

But he took a stand over the racism scandal that engulfed the club last year, saying: “It’s obviously deeply hurtful that it’s happened at a club that I’m so close to.

“It means so much for me to go and play for Yorkshire. In terms of my position – if you’re not at the club, how can you make any change? How can you help move things forward?’

“But it is clear things have happened at the club and we have to make sure we eradicate it. We look to find ways to make sure this never happens again in the sport and beyond that as well.

“Whether it’s in Yorkshire, whether it’s in club cricket, out in the street or whatever, we’ve got to find a way of confronting this and stopping it and making sure absolutely we are getting rid of racism from society.

“I do think people deserve a second chance and if they are willing to accept that they’ve made a mistake and they want to make change, then I think that’s really important as well.

“We are all human beings and I think that’s something that we have to remember within this. Of course people have been deeply hurt throughout this whole thing but ultimately we have to find a way to move forward.”

Former England bowler Steve Harmison thinks Root is the greatest-ever Englishman to play with a bat and ball.

“When in Sri Lanka, he went past Gower, Boycott and Pietersen,” Harmison told talkSPORT. “He has all them traits.

“You talk about Gower being stylish, and you see some of the shots Joe Root played against India. There is style there.

“You talk about Boycott and determination, he did that. The first hour, hour-and-a-half he got stuck in.

“Everyone describes Pietersen as someone who could go through the gears like you couldn’t believe. There were times in the day’s play today when Dom Sibley got reined in a little bit, he has seen there was a bit of pressure on ,and then all of a sudden Joe Root bang, bang, bang.

“This kid is the real deal and – sorry, Kev – he is the best Englishman I have ever seen. Kevin Pietersen is the best player I have seen play cricket for England but I will give Joe Root that accolade now. Now he is averaging 50, past 100 Test matches, 100 on his 100th Test match.

“Joe Root is definitely the best Englishman I have ever seen play cricket.”

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