World Twenty20: England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root closes in on return
England and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root will confirm a date for his playing return 'in the next couple of weeks'.
Last Updated: 21/03/14 4:39pm
The 23-year-old broke his right thumb in a one-day international against the West Indies in Antigua earlier this month, ruling him out of England's ICC World T20 campaign.
Root is also likely to miss the first two games of Yorkshire's season, against Somerset and Northamptonshire, while the injury is given time to heal naturally.
It had been suggested that he may return to county competition for the game against Middlesex at Lord's on April 27, but Root was reluctant to be precise about his comeback.
"It's very disappointing and it's a shame for me but hopefully the lads can put some good performances together and do well in the tournament," he said.
"I'm not really sure when I'll be back. It's one of those things that needs to be left to heal on its own, I've been speaking to the specialist and taking it week by week.
"We'll hopefully find out a timescale in the next couple of weeks."
England will begin their World Cup campaign without Root when they play New Zealand in Chittagong on Saturday.
Root feels the team, who are fourth favourites to win the title after a dismal winter continued with a series defeat to the West Indies earlier this month, stand a chance of winning the trophy if they can get their basics right.
"I've had a few text messages here and there from the boys and they seem in good spirits," he said. "Hopefully they can get on a roll because Twenty 20 is very much about momentum.
"If we get some good performances together there's no reason why we can't be right up there at the end of the tournament.
"We've got to keep it simple. If we can win crucial parts of the game then we'll be a very difficult side to beat."