Root ‘would love’ IPL opportunity

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Joe Root has won four of his six Tests as England captain

England Test captain Joe Root says he “would love” the opportunity to play in the Indian Premier League.

England’s 2018 schedule has most of April and May clear, meaning more players could be made available for the world’s richest T20 competition.

“It would be a great opportunity,” said Root. “Ultimately I’m an England player and that comes first.

“If things fall into place, who knows, but for now my main focus is doing the best I can when I play for England.”

No serving England Test captain has played in the IPL.

In the past, England’s early-season home fixtures have often prevented players from taking part for a whole tournament.

However, this year, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes were excused from two one-day internationals against Ireland.

The performances of Stokes, who signed for Rising Pune Supergiants for £1.6m, saw him named as this year’s most valuable player.

“There’s a lot of cricket to come in the rest of this year and before next year’s IPL starts,” Root told BBC Sport.

“I have to have those conversations with the right people, people like [England coach] Trevor Bayliss and [director of cricket] Andrew Strauss.

“I’d love to have the opportunity to go and play in it, but you have to have a realistic view.”

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