Joe Root

England
Age
December 30, 1990 (31 years)
Role
Batsman
Birth Place
Sheffield, Yorkshire
Batting Style
Right Handed
Nationality
England
Bowling Style
Off break

England captain had starred as a member of the England U-19 side before his talent was recognised and he got a call-up to play with the senior national team.

ICC Rankings

Test ODI T20I
Batting
5
13
98
Bowling
86
-
-

Team played

England, England A, England XI, Yorkshire, England Under-19, Sydney Thunder, England Lions, Trent Rockets

Batting Career Summary

M Inn NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
ODI
151
141
24
6069
133*
51.87
6994
86.77
16
39
491
44
T20I
32
30
5
893
90*
35.72
707
126.31
0
5
92
16
Test
99
179
14
8284
254
50.21
15001
55.22
21
47
901
24
IPL
0
0
0
0
-
-
0
-
0
0
0
0

Bowling Career Summary

M Inn B Runs Wkts BBI Econ Avg SR 4W 5W 10W
ODI
151
66
1498
1432
27
3/52
5.74
53.04
55.48
0
0
0
T20I
32
9
84
139
6
2/9
9.93
23.17
14
0
0
0
Test
99
88
2740
1391
31
5/8
3.05
44.87
88.39
1
1
0
IPL
0
0
0
0
0
-
-
-
-
0
0
0

Test Career

Root played his first Test match on the tour of India in 2012. Playing at number six in the fourth Test match of the series, the batsman scored 73 and followed it up with 20 in the second innings to help India draw the game and win the series. After innings of 45 and 29 on the tour of New Zealand Root got his first hundred on his home ground of Headingley against the touring Kiwis in 2013. Joe Root became the top scorer for England with 243 in the 2-0 series victory. In the 2013 Ashes series, Root replaced Compton as skipper Cook’s opening partner. After scores of 30, 5 and 6 made in his first three innings Root grabbed the opportunity to make a big impact with 180 in the second innings of the second Test. With wickets of Khwaja and Clarke in his match-winning performance, Root was named Man of the Match. He got one more good score of 68 in the last match of the series to end with an aggregate of 339 runs. With Carberry considered for the opening position alongside Cook in the 2013 – 2014 Ashes series, Root went back to batting at number six. In a series that England lost 5-0, Root had only one big score of 87 in an aggregate of 192 runs.

The Match-Winning Habit

Root got his first double century in Tests at Lords in June 2014 in the first Test against the visiting Sri Lankans. In the next series against the visiting India team, Root made 154 not out at Trentbridge, which was his fourth Test ton. With England and India tied at 1-1, going into the fourth match, Root scored a half-century to help his side achieve a 2-1 lead and then a century (149 not out) in the fifth to enable a 3-1 rout of the Indians. On the tour of the West Indies in 2015, Root scored fifties in both innings of the drawn first Test before helping England gain a 1-0 lead with a century (182 not out) in the second. Match-winning innings of 98 and 84 against New Zealand in the first Test were followed by dismal failures in the second Test in a series that ended 1-1.

A Consistent Run

Having been appointed vice-captain ahead of the Ashes in 2015, Root made 134 and 60 in the first match to help England to an early 1-0 lead in the series. He followed up a 63 in the first innings of the third Test and an unbeaten 38 in a successful run chase in the second innings. The eighth Test century in the fourth match helped England to a 3-1 lead. His three centuries in the series preceded his ICC ranking as the number one Test batsman. Then came the 2015 series against Pakistan in the UAE. Scores of 85 and 71 helped Root aggregate 287 runs in a series that England lost 2-0. On the 2015 – 2016 tour of South Africa, though Root did not hit a century, he helped England score their first-ever series victory (2-1) in South Africa, with a consistent string of scores. A match-winning 80 in the first Test against the visiting Sri Lanka side was followed by a 65 in a successful run chase in the fourth Test, and a 93 in the fifth that helped set the Lankans a target of 325, in a series that England won 3-0. In the second match of the series against the visiting Pakistan team, Root got his highest Test score of 254. He followed it up with a fighting 62 in the second innings of the third Test match to help England on their way to a victory, in a series that would eventually end in a 2-2 stalemate. The tour of India that followed ended disastrously for England that lost 4-0 but Root had impressive innings of 124, 53, 78, 77, and 88 to underscore his calibre. When he scored a half-century in the second Test against the West Indies in 2017 it meant he got a fifty in twelve consecutive Tests, a record he shares with de Villiers. Home series against Pakistan and India followed in 2018 and after going through a long rough patch Root finally made a century (125) in the last match of the series against India.

Captaincy Blues

On the next tour of Sri Lanka that Root skippered, an innings of 124 in the second Test achieved by the Yorkshireman helped England on their way to scoring the first series win in Sri Lanka in 17 years. The 2019 Ashes series that England drew 2-2 witnessed one of Root’s least impressive performances, with just three half-centuries and a forgettable average of 32.50. In December that year, Root got back into somewhat good form while registering his first double-hundred as captain on the tour of New Zealand. That was followed by an away series in South Africa. Though England won the series 3-1, Root had just three half-centuries. In 93 Test matches, Joe Root has made 7644 runs at 48.07, with 17 hundreds and the highest score of 254. He has also taken 28 wickets and 115 catches.

ODI Career

Joe Root made his ODI debut on the tour of India in January 2013. Though he did not bat in his first game, he bowled nine overs and conceded 51 runs without taking a wicket. Root made 163 in the next four matches, including a half-century and scores of 36, 39 and 31. On England’s tour of New Zealand, Root showed remarkable consistency with innings of 56, 79 and 28 not out, followed by some bright starts of 30, 28 and 33 when New Zealand toured England, in a series that England lost 2-1. In the 2013 Champions Trophy, Root had scores of 68 against Sri Lanka and 38 against New Zealand to help England enter the semi-finals where his 48 against South Africa propelled his side into the final.

Tons of Talent

It took Root a couple of poor series to get his bearings on the tour of the West Indies with a brilliant knock of 107 in the third ODI. His next three-figure knock came on the tour of India in 2014 when he hit a match-winning 114. On the 2014 – 2015 tour of Sri Lanka, Root showed his brilliant form in the 5th match of a seven-match series following it up with 55 and 80 in the remaining two games, though he could not prevent Sri Lanka from winning the series 5-2. In a mediocre showing by England in the 2015 World Cup, Root gave his teammates some rare reasons to smile, with scores of 46 against New Zealand, and 121 against Sri Lanka. Following the World Cup, New Zealand toured England and Root managed to score two centuries (104 and 106 not out) to help England win the series 3-2. On the tour of South Africa in 2015 – 2016, Root hit two more tons as he finished with 325 runs at 70.20, in a series that England won 3-2. During England’s tour of the West Indies in 2017, Root made scores of 90 and 101 to help England win 3-0. Back-to-back hundreds against the visiting Indians in 2018 were followed by one more on England’s tour of the West Indies in 2018 – 2019. With 800 runs from 19 innings, Root had a great year in 2018. In the 2019 World Cup, centuries against Pakistan and the West Indies and three more fifties in the first six games contributed to England’s eventual title-winning exploits. In 146 ODI matches, Joe Root has made 5922 runs at 51.05, with 16 hundreds and the highest score of 133 not out. He has also taken 24 wickets and 74 catches.

T20I Career

Joe Root played his first T20I match against India in December 2012, though he did not get to bat or bowl in the game. He made his first T20I runs against the visiting Australians in August 2013, when he registered an unbeaten 90 in a lost game. Overall, it is safe to say that Root has not been quite as impressive in T20Is as he has been in Tests and ODIs, although he has had some useful innings, including 68 against New Zealand, 83 against South Africa, 54 and 55 against the West Indies. Incidentally, his best bowling figures of 2/9 came against the West Indies at Kolkata in the World T20 final that the West Indies eventually won. Root sent back both the West Indies openers, Charles and Gayle, in the only over he bowled. In his last T20I against Pakistan at Cardiff in May 2019, Root made a match-winning 47. In 32 T20I matches, Joe Root has made 893 runs at 35.72, with the highest score of 90 not out. He has also taken 16 wickets and 18 catches.

Joe Root in the IPL

Root went unsold in the IPL 2018 auction and subsequently decided he did not want to play in the competition focusing on Test cricket instead.

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