Joe Root’s dismissal during the match against New Zealand was emblematic of his overall performance in the tournament. He attempted a switch hit against Van Beek, but the ball went through his legs and cleaned the stumps. While Root has been using this shot frequently lately, this time it appeared as if he was unsure and ended up getting bowled.
Joe Root plays a poor shot
The timing and necessity of playing such a shot in a crucial stage of the game, where England needed to maintain a run rate of over 6.5 runs per over, can be questioned. This shot selection reflects the broader issue that England has faced throughout the tournament, they have struggled to find the right tempo.
— Rajiv (@Rajiv1841) November 8, 2023
Joe Root & England’s performance in World Cup 2023
In many ways, Root’s dismissal serves as a microcosm of the entire team’s performance in the tournament, where they have been inconsistent and have grappled with maintaining the required scoring rate to secure wins.
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England’s poor performance in the World Cup has left them at the bottom of the 10-team table, with just one win from seven matches. The Netherlands is one spot higher, ranking ninth with two wins and four points. Both teams are now officially out of the semifinal race.
England’s chance to qualify for the Champions Trophy
However, there is still a chance for England to secure a spot in the 2025 Champions Trophy, as the ICC has announced that the top seven teams and the host nation, Pakistan, will qualify for the tournament. To have a shot at qualification, England must win their remaining two fixtures against the Netherlands and Pakistan.