Full name William Thomas Root
Born August 5, 1992, Sheffield, Yorkshire
Current age 25 years 12 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||Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton, Sep 20-22, 2016 scorecard|
|List A debut||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, Apr 27, 2017 scorecard|
|Last List A||Somerset v Nottinghamshire at Taunton, Jun 13, 2017 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Nottinghamshire v Yorkshire at Nottingham, Jul 30, 2017 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire at Worcester, Aug 13, 2017 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|37||Notts||v Worcs||Worcester||13 Aug 2017||T20|
|-||Notts||v Warwickshire||Nottingham||11 Aug 2017||T20|
|-||Notts||v Durham||Nottingham||5 Aug 2017||T20|
|-||Notts||v Derbyshire||Derby||4 Aug 2017||T20|
|14*||Notts||v Leics||Leicester||2 Aug 2017||T20|
|0/17||Notts||v Yorkshire||Nottingham||30 Jul 2017||T20|
|1/33, 23||Notts 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Worksop||17 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|33, 1/28||Notts 2nd XI||v Derby 2nd XI||Worksop||17 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|1/22||Notts 2nd XI||v Nthants 2nd||Grantham||5 Jul 2017||Other T20|
|0/17, 5||Notts 2nd XI||v Yorks 2nd XI||Barnsley||26 Jun 2017||Other T20|
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 must contend with that as he seeks success at Nottinghamshire in the shadow of brother Joe.
Opportunities have been in short supply while he concentrates 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 has looked a left-handed batsman of some ability, but without the constancy 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.
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. He also plays for Sheffield Collegiate in the Yorkshire League.