England’s Test cricket team captain Joe Root is one of the best batsman in world cricket. His consistency with the bat has been magnificent ever since he made his debut in the International cricket on 13-December 2012 against India.
Thirty years of age, Root plays in the middle order for England and is the most dependable batsman of England cricket team. However, since Root’s debut 2020 was the first year in which Joe Root didn’t manage to score a Test century. This was mainly due to the fact that Team England didn’t play much Test Cricket in year 2020 due to COVID19 pandemic. Root appeared in 13 innings and score 4 fifties.
Year 2021 has brought new hopes for everyone and same is the case with Joe Root. Root has started off his new year with a fantastic century in first test against Sri Lanka.
Joe Root played splendidly well against the Sri Lankans in their home conditions. A pitch that was not looking to be a batting friendly resulted in Sri Lanka only managing to score 135 runs in the first Innings. England lost both of its openers early. Zak Crawley and Sibley both got out to L Embuldeniya. Joe Root came out earlier than he would have liked, But he came in and played an anchor role for his team.
Joe Root played a wonderful knock and scored 168 runs with the help of 12 boundaries. This was Root’s 18th century in Test cricket.
Why Joe Root is such a great player?
Many regard Joe Root as the best English batsman in decades. His conversion rate hasn’t been as great as it used to be up till 2015. This big hundred will bring in more confidence for root who struggled previous year.
Root is also named in the list of top four batsman of the current generation (Fabulous Four) along with Virat Kohli, Steven Smith, and Kane Williamson.
Joe Root average might have dropped in the recent years but he is still the best English batsman. What makes him great is that he does not have the luxury of cricket greats besides him like some of the other English captains had in their time. For example Vaughn had Alastair cook, Ian bell, Kevin Peterson and others. It is not the case with Root who is himself the main player of the team and bares most of the batting responsibility upon his shoulders along with the captaincy.
Joe Root’s highest score in the Test cricket 254 against Pakistan in 2016. Root now has another chance of getting passed his own record in this Test match against Sri Lanka. Let us see if Joe Root will be able to convert this 168 into a big double century tomorrow? We will find that out soon.
Joe Root’s Test stats and records.
Joe Root has achieved several milestones and records in Test Cricket. He has a good batting average of in Test matches
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Below are some of the records and achievements of Joe Root
- Whenever Root scores a century England never looses the match. This fact is still standing true.
- Root is also the youngest English player to score a century in Ashes.
Awards won by Joe Root.
There are many International award given to Joe Root for his remarkable batting performances over the eight years of his career. Here are some of the top awards received by Joe Root. Root won most of his awards in the year 2015 when he took the cricket world by storm with his splendid batting ability.
- Name in ICC Test Team of the Year in 2014, 2015, and in 2016.
- Root was named as “Wisden Cricketer of the Year Award” in 2014.
- Joe Root was named in ICC ODI Team of the Year in 2015, and in year 2018.
- Root got the award of England’s Test Cricketer of the Year in 2015.
- Root also won the title of England’s Limited-Overs Cricketer of the Year in 2015.
- Joe Root was named Fan’s Player of the Year in 2015.
Joe Root’s batting average has declined drastically since he became the captain of England cricket team. Here are the numbers to prove this fact.
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However, Regardless of this many believe that Root is the England’s best available option for captaincy right now. Root has started the new year with a very promising start with the bat. Lets see if he manages to bank upon this brilliant performance and improve his batting numbers even further.
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