Joe Root

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Joe Root
Personal information
Full name Joseph Edward Root
Born (1990-12-30) 30 December 1990 (age 24)
Dore, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Nickname Joe Rootay
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm off break
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 655) 13 December 2012 v India
Last Test 29 May 2015 v New Zealand
ODI debut (cap 267) 11 January 2013 v India
Last ODI 20 June 2015 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no. 5 (previously 61)
Domestic team information
Years Team
2009– Yorkshire (squad no. 5)
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 27 59 74 87
Runs scored 2,273 2,076 5,444 2,845
Batting average 54.11 42.36 49.94 39.51
100s/50s 6/11 6/9 13/24 7/13
Top score 200* 121 236 121
Balls bowled 858 828 2,103 1,295
Wickets 8 12 20 24
Bowling average 45.25 66.83 52.55 49.50
5 wickets in innings 0 0 0 0
10 wickets in match 0 n/a 0 n/a
Best bowling 2/9 2/15 3/33 2/10
Catches/stumpings 25/– 28/– 49/– 38/–
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 20 June 2015

Joseph Edward "Joe" Root (born 30 December 1990) is an English cricketer, who plays for Yorkshire County Cricket Club and England. He was originally a right-handed opening batsman and occasional off-spinner, with a similar playing style to former England captain Michael Vaughan. However, he has played the majority of his cricket for England in the middle order. He made his debut for England in the 2012 Test series in India and made his ODI and Twenty20 International debuts on the same tour, before scoring his maiden Test century at his home ground of Headingley the following Spring against New Zealand.

Early life, family and youth career[edit]

Root is the elder son of Helen and Matt. His brother Billy is an MCC Young Cricketer.[1]

Root followed in his father's footsteps by joining Sheffield Collegiate C.C. Former Yorkshire batsman and England captain, Michael Vaughan also learnt his trade at Collegiate and was a source of inspiration for Root who became a protégé of his.[2][3]

Yorkshire career[edit]

Root made his Yorkshire Second Team debut on 18 July 2007, against Derbyshire at Abbeydale Park. He scored 57, putting on 133 for the first wicket with Adam Lyth.[4] He continued to represent the Academy side and was named Player of the Tournament as Yorkshire's Academy won the ProARCH trophy in Abu Dhabi.[5]

After success at second team level, Root was given an opportunity in the first team in Yorkshire's final Pro40 match of the season at Headingley, against Essex. Root scored 63 and was top-scorer in Yorkshire's 187–7. Although his half-century could not inspire Yorkshire to victory, Root described his debut as a "dream come true".[6]

After another Man of the Series performance, this time on England Under-19 duty in Bangladesh, Root signed a three-year professional contract with Yorkshire.[7]

Root was selected for the Under 19 Cricket World Cup, in New Zealand, making an unbeaten 70 in a victory against Hong Kong as England progressed to the quarter finals before being eliminated by the West Indies. Later that Winter, he was sent to the Darren Lehmann Academy in Adelaide, South Australia, to fine tune his game.[8]

England[edit]

India 2012–13[edit]

In the fourth Test against India, Root became the 655th player to represent England at Test cricket, receiving his cap from former England all-rounder Paul Collingwood. Coming in as the number 6 batsmen rather than his usual position as an opener, he scored 73 from 229 balls, joint-top-scoring with Kevin Pietersen.[9] In the second innings he made 20 not out to help England bat out the game to secure a historic series win on Indian soil. Following the Tests, he made his Twenty20 debut in the second of a two-match series, although he was not required to bat, and following Jonny Bairstow's withdrawal, he was also included in the ODI squad.[10] On his ODI debut he was not required to bat, although he bowled nine overs, collecting figures of 0–51, as England won by nine runs. He made scores of 36 and 39 in the next two matches, before making his maiden ODI fifty in the fourth match of the series, although England lost by 5 wickets. He made 31 in the final match of the series as England won by seven wickets.

New Zealand 2013[edit]

Following the successful tour of India, Root was retained in the Test squad for the 2013 Tour to New Zealand and was added to the previously announced ODI and Twenty20 squads. After again being an unused batsman in the third Twenty20 game, he started the ODI series with two half-centuries, contributing 56 in the first game before top-scoring with 79 off 56 balls in the second. In doing so, he became the first batsman to start his ODI career with six consecutive scores of over 30.[11]

Not long after the series in New Zealand, the Black Caps travelled to tour England. Root's first involvement of the tour was to captain the England Lions against New Zealand in a four-day warm up match, where he scored 179 runs. After scoring 40 and 71 runs in the first Test at Lord's, he scoring his maiden Test century at his home ground of Headingley.[12] He scored 104 runs off 167 ball and became the first Yorkshire player to score their first Test century at Headingley. He finished the series as England's top scorer with 243 runs and helped his side to a 2–0 Test series victory. In the ODI series that followed, he made scores of 30, 28 and 33 as England lost the series 2–1.[13]

Champions Trophy 2013[edit]

For the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy England named Root in their squad of 15. In their opening group game against Australia, he made 12 runs off 17 balls and also took the wicket of Phillip Hughes as England secured a 48 run win.[14] He also featured against Sri Lanka and hit 68 runs off 55 balls in England's 7 wicket loss.[15] Root then helped England to a 10 run victory over New Zealand by making 38 runs off 40 balls which helped them secure a place in the semi-final.[16] In the semi-final against South Africa Root scored 48 off 71 balls to help England to a 7 wicket win and secured a place in the final.[17] The final was reduced to 20 overs due to rain and Root made 7 off 9 balls before getting caught out, England lost the match by 5 runs and Joe finished the tournament with 173 runs.[18]

The 2013 Ashes Series[edit]

For the 2013 Ashes series, Root was named as the opening batsman to partner captain Alastair Cook after selectors decided to drop Nick Compton from the England squad. In the warm-up match against Essex Root made scores of 41 and 26 while also taking 4 wickets. Root was promoted to opening batsman for the 1st Test and made scores of 30 and 5, and whilst bowling, took his first Test wicket when he got Ed Cowan out in the second innings.[19] Root started the 2nd Test with a score of 6 which once again meant that he failed to make a score as an opener. However, in the second innings Alastair Cook did not enforce the follow on and Root made 180 before England declared. In the Australian final innings Root was responsible for taking the wickets of Usman Khawaja and Michael Clarke when both batsmen were on 50 plus scores. Root was named Man of the Match for his performance with the bat and the ball.[20] The 3rd Test wasn't the best for Joe as he was out for 8 in the first innings but managed to get 13 (not out) off 57 balls in the second innings before rain brought the match to an end meaning that England retained the Ashes.[21] The 4th Test wasn't a very good one for Root as he survived 52 balls scoring 16 runs in the first innings before being bowled for 2 runs in the second innings. England won the match and won the series meaning Joe is an Ashes series winner.[22] In the 5th Test Root top scored in England's first innings as he hit 68 runs, however in England's second innings they were chasing a score the Australians had set but Joe only managed to get 11 runs.[23] He finished the test series with 339 runs and 3 wickets.

Root was selected to bat at number 4 for the first T20 International. The Australian side set England 249 to win thanks to an outstanding innings of 156 runs from Aaron Finch. Root came in with England 37/3 and he managed to score 90* off 49 balls but England lost by 39 runs.[24] In the second T20I Joe batted at number 7 but only faced 1 ball scoring 1 run before England's innings finished[25] England won the match and drew the series, Root finished with 91 runs (both matches he was not out) and 1 wicket. The first ODI was abandoned due to rain however Root managed to bat at number 4 in the second ODI. He only made 3 runs before being bowled.[26] The third ODI was abandoned in England's 15th over, Root had made 12 runs before being caught.[27] In the fourth ODI Root was bowled for 0, his first golden duck in his ODI career.[28] The 5th ODI was better for Root as he scored a quick 21 before being bowled and also took the wicket of George Bailey.[29]

The 2013–14 Ashes Series[edit]

Joe Root in training in Australia

Root was selected for the 2013-14 Ashes series, in the warm up matches Root made scores of 36, 58* and 75 and took 1 wicket. Joe was selected at number 6 for the 1st Test as Michael Carberry was given the opening batsman role alongside Alastair Cook. Root only managed 2 runs from 7 balls in the 1st innings before being caught off a Mitchell Johnson delivery. In the 2nd innings he made a steady 26* off 86 balls before running out of partners in England's collapse where Australia took a 1–0 series lead.[30] The 2nd Test in Adelaide saw Root move up the order to third batsman, filling the spot of Jonathan Trott who returned home due to stress related illness.[31] He scored only 15 runs, which was the third highest number of runs scored by an England batsman in the first innings, in a disappointing collapse by the English side.[32] However Root's second innings showed some fight as he top scored with 87 and was unlucky not to push on to make a century.[33] England lost this match and went 2–0 down with 3 Tests to play. Root was out controversially for 4 in the first innings of the 3rd Test and made 19 in the second innings, England lost the match and as a result lost the Ashes.[34] Root made a solid 24 in the first innings of the 4th Test however he only made 15 in the second innings and was run out attempting to go for a single. England lost this match by 8 wickets and went 4–0 down in the series.[35] He was dropped for the 5th Test and fellow Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance was selected. Root finished the series with 192 runs.

Joe was selected to bat at number 3 for the 1st ODI, however he only made 3 runs before getting out from an LBW. He also took the wicket of David Warner as Australia cruised to a 6 wicket victory. England kept faith with the out of form Root and he played in the 2nd ODI, however he only made 2 runs before Mitchell Johnson got him out via an LBW. He did contribute with ball by taking the wickets of Shaun Marsh and Michael Clarke. Root was dropped for the 3rd and 4th ODI due to poor form. He was recalled for the 5th ODI and batted at number 4, he made 55 runs off 86 balls. Joe finished the series on the losing side in a 4–1 defeat. Root made 60 runs and took 3 wickets in the series.

Root was selected for the T20 series and in the 1st T20 he made 32 runs off 24 balls before being caught by Aaron Finch. In the 2nd T20 he made 18 runs in England's loss. Root then scored 11 in the 3rd T20 however he did catch and bowl Ben Cutting. Root finished the T20 series a 3–0 loser. He scored 61 runs and took 1 wicket.

West Indies 2014[edit]

Root was picked in the squad for the tour of West Indies. He was selected for the 1st ODI, he took the wicket of Kieran Powell before making 37 runs off 48 balls in England's failed attempt to chase the score. In the 2nd ODI Root took 2 wickets before hitting 23 runs off 43 balls in the successful run chase. Root batted at number 4 in the 3rd ODI where he made his maiden ODI century hitting 107 runs off 122 balls and also taking 1 wicket in England's 25 run win. He finished the series as a 2–1 winner and ended up with 167 runs (the highest run scorer of both teams) and 4 wickets. For this performance Root received the Man of the Match for the 3rd ODI and also received the Player of the Series award. Due to sustaining a broken thumb in the final ODI, Root was ruled out of the 2014 ICC World Twenty20.

Sri Lanka 2014[edit]

Root featured in the only ODI against Scotland, he managed 17 runs before being caught. This was preparation for the Sri Lanka tour of England. In the only T20I against Sri Lanka Root made 5 runs and took 1 wicket.

During the 1st ODI against Sri Lanka, Root made 45 runs and also took 1 catch in the 81 runs win. The 2nd ODI wasn't a good game for Root or England as he didn't make a run during England's innings of 99. He played in the 3rd ODI however he was not needed in England's 10 wicket win. Following the One Day series, in the first Test Match at Lords, Root scored an unbeaten 200 off 298 balls with 16 fours and guided England to their highest Test score against Sri Lanka of 575-9d. He is the 4th youngest English Batsman to score a double century.[36] The 2nd Test was not as fruitful for Root as he made 13 in the first innings and 31 in the second in the 100 run loss. The series finished 1-0 to Sri Lanka and Root scored 259 runs.

India 2014[edit]

Root scored his fourth test century for England in the 1st Test Match against India at Trent Bridge. His unbeaten 154 helped England recover from 298–9 to post 496 as he and James Anderson shared a world record 10th wicket stand of 198. Although England went into the second innings with a lead, they were unable to force a result. In the second Test of the series, Root made 66 in England's second innings but was unable to prevent a defeat. In the third match of the series, Root made a quick fire 66 in England's second innings to help them force a result and level the series at 1–1. He hit yet another half century in the fourth Test, as England won by an innings to take a 2–1 series lead. In the final test at the Oval, Root scored his fifth test century scoring an unbeaten 149 to help England post a first innings score of 486 all out in reply to India's 148 all out. Root won the Man of the Match award for his performance in that Test. This resulted in England winning the match by an innings and secured a 3–1 series win. He finished the test series with 518 runs and 1 wicket.

Root had an indifferent time in the ODI series, making scores of four and two in the first two game. However, he made 44 in the third game before hitting a match winning 113 in the final game of the series. The series finished 3–1 to India. In the only T20 match between the two teams, Root made 26 as England secured a narrow victory.

Sri Lanka 2014-15[edit]

Now an integral part of the English set-up, Root was selected in the 2014-15 tour to Sri Lanka to play in the 7 game ODI series. In the 1st ODI Root made 2 runs but improved in the 2nd ODI to score 42, although both were losses for England. Root did have an impact in the 3rd ODI by hitting an unbeaten 48 and taking a wicket to help England to a 5 wicket win. The 4th ODI saw Root make 36 in a losing effort before putting in a match of the match performance in the 5th ODI by making an unbeaten 104 and helping to guide England to a win that kept the series alive. In the sixth match of the series Root was again one of England's stand out performers, hitting 55. Despite this, England suffered another defeat meaning they trailed 4-2 in the series with just one game left to play. In the final game of the series, Root was again England's top scorer, this time hitting 80 although England went on to lose the match and the series 5-2.

2015 Tri Series[edit]

Root was expected to be a key player in the tournament consisting of India, Australia and England. However, in the first match he could only make five as England suffered defeat to Australia. He was not required to bat in the next match as England recorded a comfortable win over India. He made 69 in the next match against Australia although it was not enough to prevent an England defeat. He could only make three against India although England won the match to qualify for the final. In the final against Australia Root made 25, but England lost the match and finished as runners up.

2015 World Cup[edit]

Root scored five in England's opening group game defeat to Australia. However, he was one of England's better performers in the next game against New Zealand as he made 46 of England's runs as they were bowled out for 123 on the way to an eight wicket defeat. In the next game against Scotland Root again struggled, being dismissed for a single although he did take a wicket in Scotland's reply. He made 121 against Sri Lanka and in doing so became the youngest English player to score a century at a World Cup. However, England again suffered a heavy defeat, this time by nine wickets. In England's must-win game against Bangladesh, Root was dismissed after scoring 29 runs. England went on to lose the game and were subsequently knocked out of the tournament. They won their final game of the group stage against Afghanistan, with Root not needing to bat.

West Indies 2015[edit]

Joe Root was selected in the England squad for the 2015 West Indies tour. During the first warm up match against St Kitts Invitational XI, Root scored 64 before being out through an LBW. In the second warm up match Root along with three other England player's played for St Kitts. He scored 87 not out with only Jonny Bairstow scoring higher (98*).

In the first test Root continued his good run of form as he hit 83 in England's 399 first innings total. During the second innings Root scored his 6th consecutive half-century score in tests by posting 59 before being bowled. He also bowled 13 overs and took the wickets of Darren Bravo and key man Shivnarine Chanderpaul in the last innings as the match was drawn. In the second test Root scored his 6th Test century and his 1st overseas Test century when he smashed 182* in 229 balls to help England reach a total of 464. This also took him past 2,000 Test runs. He bowled 16 overs during the West Indies last innings before England wrapped the match up to win the Test and take a 1-0 lead in the series. For his performance Root was awarded the Man of the Match. However, his form did not extend to the third Test, in which he made scores of 33 and 1 in a disappointing England performance. West Indies took a victory in the match to finish the series at a level score of 1-1. He finished the test series with 358 runs and 3 wickets.

New Zealand 2015[edit]

In the first Test against New Zealand, Root continued his impressive form for England. He scored 98 in the first innings to help England recover from a precarious position to post 389. He again contributed in the second innings, scoring 84 to help put England in a strong position. He picked up a wicket in New Zealand's second innings as England won the match by 124 runs. In the second Test, Root was dismissed for one in the first innings and was then dismissed for a duck in the second as England lost the game, meaning the series was drawn at 1-1. He finished the test series with 183 runs and 1 wicket.

Root was selected in a revamped ODI squad for the 5 game series. In the first ODI, Root batted at 3 and scored his 5th ODI century hitting 104 off 78 balls to help England to a record 408/9 and a 210 run win. In the second ODI he made only 6, and England went on to lose by 13 runs in a rain affected game. He performed more strongly in the third ODI, scoring 54, but England lost again, this time by 3 wickets. In the fourth ODI, he made his 6th ODI century by scoring 106* off 97 to help England chase a target of 350 to win the match and level the series. During this innings he passed 2,000 ODI career runs. In the fifth ODI he score 4 in England's successful chase giving England a 3-2 series win. Root finished the series with 274 runs.

Awards[edit]

Test Awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 Australia Lord's Cricket Ground, London 18–21 July 2013 1st innings: 6 (14 balls; 1×4);
2nd innings: 180 (338 balls; 18×4, 2x6); 7–3–9–2
2 Sri Lanka Lord's Cricket Ground, London 12–16 June 2014 1st innings: 200* (298 balls; 16×4); 3–1–7–0;
2nd innings: 4–3–7–0
3 India The Oval, Surrey 15–17 August 2014 1st innings: 149* (165 balls; 18×4; 1x6);
2nd Innings: DNB
4 West Indies St. George's, Grenada 21-25 April 2015 1st innings: 182* (229 balls; 17×4; 4x6);
2nd Innings: DNB

ODI awards[edit]

Man of the Match award[edit]

S No Opponent Venue Date Match Performance
1 West Indies Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, North Sound, Antigua 5 March 2014 107 (122 balls; 7x4); 3–0–24–1;
2 India Headingley Stadium, Leeds, United Kingdom 5 September 2014 113 (108 balls; 10x4, 3x6)
3 Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka 10-11 December 2014 104* (117 balls; 7x4, 1x6); 5–0–21–0;

Other[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Test statistics against each opponent[edit]

As of 9 June 2015:

Opponent[38] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
 Australia 9 18 2 531 180 1 2 33.18
 India 6 9 3 611 154* 2 4 101.83
 New Zealand 7 13 0 514 104 1 3 39.53
 Sri Lanka 2 4 1 259 200* 1 0 86.33
 West Indies 3 5 1 358 182* 1 2 89.50
TOTAL 27 49 7 2,273 200* 6 11 54.11

Test centuries[edit]

Joe Root's Test centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 104 6  New Zealand United Kingdom Leeds, England, United Kingdom Headingley Stadium 2013 Won
2 180 8  Australia United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 2013 Won
3 200* 16  Sri Lanka United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom Lord's Cricket Ground 2014 Drawn
4 154* 18  India United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Trent Bridge 2014 Drawn
5 149* 22  India United Kingdom London, England, United Kingdom The Oval 2014 Won
6 182* 24  West Indies Grenada St. George's, Grenada National Cricket Stadium 2015 Won

ODI statistics against each opponent[edit]

As of 21 June 2015:

Opponent[39] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
 Afghanistan 1 - - - - - - --.--
 Australia 12 12 0 212 69 0 2 17.66
 Bangladesh 1 1 0 29 29 0 0 29.00
 India 12 10 1 336 113 1 1 37.33
 New Zealand 13 13 3 612 106* 2 3 61.20
 Scotland 2 2 0 18 17 0 0 9.00
 South Africa 1 1 0 48 48 0 0 48.00
 Sri Lanka 14 13 2 654 121 2 3 59.45
 West Indies 3 3 0 167 107 1 0 55.66
TOTAL 59 55 6 2,076 121 6 9 42.36

One Day International centuries[edit]

Joe Root's One Day International centuries
# Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Year Result
1 107 26  West Indies Antigua and Barbuda North Sound, Antigua and Barbuda Sir Vivian Richards Stadium 2014 Won
2 113 36  India United Kingdom Leeds, England, United Kingdom Headingley Stadium 2014 Won
3 104* 41  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka Kandy, Sri Lanka Pallekele International Cricket Stadium 2014 Won
4 121 52  Sri Lanka New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Westpac Stadium 2015 Lost
5 104 55  New Zealand United Kingdom Birmingham, England, United Kingdom Edgbaston Cricket Ground 2015 Won
6 106* 58  New Zealand United Kingdom Nottingham, England, United Kingdom Trent Bridge Cricket Ground 2015 Won

T20I statistics against each opponent[edit]

As of 23 June 2015:

Opponent[40] Matches Innings Not out Runs High Score 100 50 Average
 Australia 5 5 2 152 90* 0 1 50.66
 India 2 1 0 26 26 0 0 26.00
 New Zealand 2 1 0 68 68 0 1 68.00
 Sri Lanka 1 1 0 5 5 0 0 5.00
TOTAL 10 8 2 251 90* 0 2 41.83

First-class centuries[edit]

Root's first-class centuries
For Against Date Format Result Score
Yorkshire Sussex 17–20 August 2011 4-day Draw 160
England Lions West Indians 10–13 May 2012 4-day Win 115*
Yorkshire Northants 30 May-2 June 2012 4-day Draw 125
Hampshire 11–14 July 2012 4-day Draw 222*
Durham 24–27 April 2013 4-day Win 182
Derbyshire 29 April-2 May 2013 4-day Win 236
England Lions New Zealanders 9–12 May 2013 4-day Draw 179
England New Zealand 24–28 May 2013 Test Win 104
Australia 18–22 July 2013 Test Win 180
Sri Lanka 12–16 June 2014 Test Draw 200*
India 9–13 July 2014 Test Draw 154*
India 15–19 August 2014 Test Win 149*
West Indies 21-25 April 2015 Test Win 182*

Career best performances[edit]

Root's career best performances
Batting Bowling
Score Fixture Venue Season Score Fixture Venue Season
FC 236 Yorkshire v Derbyshire Leeds 2013 3–33 Yorkshire v Warwickshire Leeds 2011
LA 110* England Lions v Sri Lanka A R. Premadasa Stadium 2012 2–10 England Lions v Bangladesh A Sylhet Stadium 2012
T20 90* England v Australia Southampton 2013 1–12 Yorkshire v Warwickshire Leeds 2012

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