Full name Joseph Edward Root
Born December 30, 1990, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 25 years 122 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - WT Root
|Test debut||India v England at Nagpur, Dec 13-17, 2012 scorecard|
|Last Test||South Africa v England at Centurion, Jan 22-26, 2016 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Rajkot, Jan 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v England at Mumbai, Dec 22, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Loughborough MCCU at Leeds, May 10-12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||South Africa v England at Centurion, Jan 22-26, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Essex at Leeds, Sep 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||South Africa v England at Cape Town, Feb 14, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds, Jun 3, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England v West Indies at Kolkata, Apr 3, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|54, 2/9||England||v West Indies||Kolkata||3 Apr 2016||T20I # 557|
|27*||England||v New Zealand||Delhi||30 Mar 2016||T20I # 555|
|25||England||v Sri Lanka||Delhi||26 Mar 2016||T20I # 551|
|12||England||v Afghanistan||Delhi||23 Mar 2016||T20I # 546|
|0/13, 83||England||v South Africa||Mumbai||18 Mar 2016||T20I # 540|
|48||England||v West Indies||Mumbai||16 Mar 2016||T20I # 537|
|48||England||v Mumbai CA XI||Mumbai (BS)||14 Mar 2016||Other T20|
|12||England||v New Zealand||Mumbai||12 Mar 2016||Other T20|
|34||England||v South Africa||Johannesburg||21 Feb 2016||T20I # 506|
|8||England||v South Africa||Cape Town||19 Feb 2016||T20I # 503|
That Joe Root will one day captain England has been taken as read since he hit the grand old age of 23 - but for the moment it is his batting potential which so excites England. It is a rare England batsman who achieves maturity so quickly, but Root has looked consumed by the delights of batting from the moment he first took guard. Fast bowlers worldwide might begin to find his scampish grin a little wearing.
Proof of Root's ability came in the way he responded to a troubled tour of Australia in 2013/14 as England went down 5-0 in the Tests and he became increasingly hesitant as his back-foot game was skilfully exposed. Back in England, he followed up a two-tone double hundred against Sri Lanka at Lord's - a disciplined innings with a freewheeling finale - with two more big hundreds against India. All three had the not out asterisk. That seemed to say a lot about him.
His full potential then poured forth in 2015 when he made 1385 Test runs in the year, second only to Australia's Steven Smith and vied with Smith at the top of the ICC Test rankings. Only Michael Vaughan had made more runs in a calendar year for England; nobody had matched his 2228 runs across all three forms of the game. Root played with alacrity on all surfaces and in all formats and his obvious delight in his art was a positive symbol in an England side committed in all formats to a more enterprising approach. Jaunty Ashes hundreds at Cardiff and Nottingham helped England to victories, his consistency at No. 4 repeatedly masked top-order frailties, and a mischievous sense of humour made his success all the more pleasurable.
Root's Test debut for England in Nagpur in 2012 exemplified the qualities which had attracted coaches from an early age. He began with England's sixth-longest debut innings in terms of balls faced, 73 from 229 balls as he displayed the patience and discrimination demanded both by the situation of the game and a desperately slow surface.
His rise continued with a maiden Test hundred in his home ground, Headingley, against New Zealand in 2013 followed by a maiden Ashes century at Lord's having been promoted to open at the beginning of the series. He risked the wrath of Yorkshire followers by suggesting that a Test hundred at Lord's was as good as it gets.
Root looked set to occupy England's Test opening role for many years to come. But that stability did not remain for Root as England were whitewashed in Australia in 2012-13. He started at No 6, in recognition of the fact that Australia were exposing technical frailties in his game, but was promoted to No 3 when Jonathan Trott left the tour with a stress-related illness and as much as he suggested he was happy to bat anywhere, it did not aid his cause. He found the going tough and his unease extended into his one-day game where he struggled to score at an acceptable tempo.
Root had never been a strikingly heavy scorer as he worked through the ranks, nor was he particularly athletic, but his systematic approach to batting was that of a young batsman who would not sell his wicket easily and gave England hope that he would be able to attune his game to the highest level. A slender batsman reliant more on precision than weight of stroke, his patience and stubbornness at the crease had Geoffrey Boycott gushing that he reminded him of himself, although Root soon developed a much broader range. Others saw some of his mentor Michael Vaughan in Root's front-foot drive - the pair also both attended Sheffield Collegiate.
Root made his mark with the England Under-19 squad in Bangladesh, shortly before the youth World Cup in New Zealand in 2010. He signed a three-year contract with Yorkshire that year. He narrowly missed out on scoring 1000 runs in his first full season with the first XI, though his performances earned him a shot with England Lions.
2011 was a breakthrough season for Root, as he made 1,013 runs at 36.17 but would have been disappointed not to turn the six times he passed fifty into more than one century. It was a bright point in a poor campaign for Yorkshire who were relegated from Division One of the County Championship. Root again toured with England Lions that winter and made an unbeaten century in Sri Lanka to boost his return after seven previous lean innings on the tour that also took in List A matches in Bangladesh.
Back in England, Root, like most batsman, struggled during a rainy 2012 summer but perfectly demonstrated his talent with an unbeaten 222 against Hampshire at West End. He was named Cricket Writer's Club Young Player of the Year. The following summer he returned to the county game as an England player now walking the walk: big hundreds against Durham at Chester-le-Street and Derbyshire at Headingley confirming that here was a player of stature.
He even had the fortune to skipper Yorkshire to the Championship title at Trent Bridge in 2014 when Andrew Gale was suspended, less than a fortnight after he became the first Yorkshire batsman to hit an ODI hundred at Headingley, with India the victims.