Full name William Thomas Root
Born August 5, 1992, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 26 years 290 days
Major teams Leicestershire 2nd XI, Marylebone Cricket Club Young Cricketers, Nottinghamshire, Nottinghamshire 2nd XI, Worcestershire 2nd XI, Yorkshire 2nd XI
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Relation Brother - JE Root
|First-class debut||Sussex v Leeds/Bradford MCCU at Hove, Apr 2-4, 2015 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Glamorgan v Gloucestershire at Newport, May 14-17, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, Apr 27, 2017 scorecard|
|Last List A||Sussex v Glamorgan at Hove, May 7, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Jul 30, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, Aug 12, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|18, 17||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Newport||14 May 2019||FC|
|0/25, 78||Glamorgan||v Sussex||Hove||7 May 2019||LA|
|37, 2/36||Glamorgan||v Middlesex||Lord's||5 May 2019||LA|
|98, 1/22||Glamorgan||v Gloucs||Bristol||30 Apr 2019||LA|
|113*||Glamorgan||v Surrey||Cardiff||28 Apr 2019||LA|
|-||Glamorgan||v Kent||Cardiff||25 Apr 2019||LA|
|0||Glamorgan||v Somerset||Cardiff||21 Apr 2019||LA|
|39, 0/32||Glamorgan||v Hampshire||Southampton||19 Apr 2019||LA|
|21||Glamorgan||v Essex||Cardiff||17 Apr 2019||LA|
|126, 2/63||Glamorgan||v Northants||Cardiff||11 Apr 2019||FC|
When your older brother is regarded as one of the finest batsmen England have ever produced, building a county career of your own must have its attractions and its downside in equal measure. Billy Root had that to contend with as he sought success at Nottinghamshire, and subsequently Glamorgan, in the shadow of brother Joe.
There was encouragement in 2017, however, in the shape of a two-year contract at Nottinghamshire after a season which began in galling fashion when brother Joe struck him for a matchwinning six in a 50-over tie ("don't bowl half-trackers at me next time," advised England's captain) but ended satisfyingly as he topped Nottinghamshire's Twenty20 averages - no mean feat as they won the trophy for the first time - and played a heroic part in their successful, but increasingly nervy, promotion campaign. Notts' promotion challenge had hit the rocks in their final match at Hove when they were 65 for 5 in reply to Sussex's 565, but centuries from Root (a career-best 132) and Chris Read, in his final appearance, helped take them past the follow-on to the draw that they needed.
An influx of new signings at Notts by the end of 2018 - Ben Slater, Ben Duckett and Joe Clarke in the space of a few weeks - persuaded Root that it was time to move on. Glamorgan were attracted by the fact that he averaged more than 30 in all three formats - albeit only just - as they sought to address the fear that their homegrown players were not up to the task.
Opportunities were in short supply for Root, a left-handed batsman, while he concentrated on his studies at Leeds Beckett University, a decent 37 on debut against Hampshire at Trent Bridge in 2015 and another last-game-of-the-season appearance, this time at Taunton, when he made an unbeaten 66 in a heavy defeat for a Nottinghamshire side already relegated. In both he looked like a batsman of some ability, but without the consistency to be sure of making the grade. Root also struck a maiden first-class century in 2016, making 133 for Leeds/Bradford MCCU against Sussex at Hove, reaching his hundred with a six off George Garton. Like his brother, he is a product of Yorkshire League side Sheffield Collegiate.
Also spotted occasionally doing England 12th man duties - ferrying towels or drinks out to Joe a speciality - Billy has often been cast, stereotypically, as the more easy-going younger brother. There have been enough signs, though, that his talent can also flourish.