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Bell replaces injured Root for Twenty20 showpiece

Dubai: England batsman Joe Root will miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh after fracturing his thumb, with Ian Bell replacing him, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed on Monday.

Root suffered the injury during England’s one-day series clincher in the West Indies and the ICC said in a statement that it has approved Bell as his replacement ahead of the tournament, which begins on March 16.

Root scored his first international limited-overs century during the three-match series in the West Indies, which England won 2-1.

He played all three games and was injured in the series decider after being struck on the thumb by a Ravi Rampaul delivery.

Test veteran Bell has represented England in seven Twenty20 matches, in which he scored 175 runs, and will join up with the squad ahead of their first match of the tournament against New Zealand on March 22.

The news comes as another injury blow for England after captain Stuart Broad was ruled out for the remainder of their Twenty20 series against the West Indies, which began with a 27-run defeat in Barbados on Sunday.

Broad is suffering from an ongoing knee injury, but hopes to be fit for the World Twenty20 opener. West Indies are the defending World Twenty20 champions and the three-game series against England, who won the title in 2010, is a precursor for the fifth edition of the tournament.