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Full name Joseph Edward Root
Born December 30, 1990, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 23 years 210 days
Major teams England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s
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||England v India at Lord's, Jul 17-21, 2014 scorecard|
|ODI debut||India v England at Rajkot, Jan 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham, Jun 3, 2014 scorecard|
|T20I debut||India v England at Mumbai, Dec 22, 2012 scorecard|
|Last T20I||England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, May 20, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||Yorkshire v Loughborough MCCU at Leeds, May 10-12, 2010 scorecard|
|Last First-class||England v India at Lord's, Jul 17-21, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Yorkshire v Essex at Leeds, Sep 27, 2009 scorecard|
|Last List A||England v Sri Lanka at Birmingham, Jun 3, 2014 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Yorkshire v Warwickshire at Leeds, Jun 3, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||England v Sri Lanka at The Oval, May 20, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|13, 66||England||v India||Lord's||17 Jul 2014||Test # 2130|
|0/6, 154*, 0/22||England||v India||Nottingham||9 Jul 2014||Test # 2128|
|0/9, 13, 31||England||v Sri Lanka||Leeds||20 Jun 2014||Test # 2126|
|200*, 0/7, 15, 0/7||England||v Sri Lanka||Lord's||12 Jun 2014||Test # 2124|
|10, 0/25||England||v Sri Lanka||Birmingham||3 Jun 2014||ODI # 3496|
|0/40, 43||England||v Sri Lanka||Lord's||31 May 2014||ODI # 3495|
|-||England||v Sri Lanka||Manchester||28 May 2014||ODI # 3494|
|0/1, 0||England||v Sri Lanka||Chester-le-Street||25 May 2014||ODI # 3493|
|45, 0/7||England||v Sri Lanka||The Oval||22 May 2014||ODI # 3492|
|1/16, 5||England||v Sri Lanka||The Oval||20 May 2014||T20I # 401|
Joe 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.
Root, a slender batsman who relies more on precision than weight of stroke, has already drawn comparisons with two of Yorkshire's finest batsmen. His patience and stubbornness at the crease had Geoffrey Boycott gushing that he reminded him of himself. Others see some of 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. and the accolades have not stopped.
ESPNcricinfo staff - January 2014
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