Joe Root grabbed the opportunity to impress in Twenty20 cricket in England’s intra-squad warm-up match in South Africa.

Root, who is only in the squad for the one-day leg of the tour, crashed 45 not out from 26 balls.

With Sam Curran also making 45 not out, from only 18 balls, a team led by Jos Buttler chased a target of 140 inside 13 overs in Paarl.

An Eoin Morgan-led side had been restricted to 139-9.

That was mainly thanks to pace bowler Olly Stone – another who is only in South Africa to play one-day matches – picking up 3-12 in two overs.

Stone removed Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone, with Bairstow eventually returning to bat for a second time after nine wickets had fallen.



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