Joe Root Biography
After a good performance for England Under-19s, Joe Root was somewhat unfairly thrown to the lions on a slow turner against India at Nagpur during the 2012-13 tour, but he made an impact with a solid 229-ball 73 — still the sixth-longest Test innings by an Englishman — and has never looked back ever since.
Promoted to open batting in the first Ashes Test at Trent Bridge in 2013, Root slammed a mammoth 180 against Australia at Lord’s. The Yorkshire cricketer is that perfect blend of dour fighting attitude and relentless stamina (that has resulted in Yorkshire producing world-class openers over decades) and gorgeous drives, especially on the rise off the front foot.
Despite going through a rough patch in 2012, he fought back with 222 against Hampshire, was named Cricket Writer’s Young Player of the Year the next season, and scored a dogged 87 at Adelaide — one of the few face-saving performances for England in the embarrassing whitewash of the 2013-14 Ashes.
Back home, Root announced his comeback by scoring his first double-hundred, an unbeaten 200 against the Sri Lankans at Lord’s. His strokeplay has earned him fast runs in the shorter versions of the sport, especially during his famous unbeaten 49-ball 90 in a T20I against Australia at Rose Bowl in 2009.
With his canny, tight off-breaks and excellent fielding, Root is definitely one for the future of English cricket.