Playing Role - Right-Hand Bat
County - Yorkshire & England
Date of Birth - 30 December 1990
“Root is the most complete batsman we’ve ever had, he’s incredible.”
Eoin Morgan – ESPNCricInfo
England captain Joe Root (OBE) is one of the finest shot-making batsmen and harvester of runs playing today.
Joe made his debut for Yorkshire in a NatWest Pro40 match vs. Essex, in September 2009.
2011 was Joe’s “sit-up and take notice” year tallying 1013 runs and recording a highest score of 160 for Yorkshire vs Sussex.
Joe was awarded his Yorkshire cap in 2012.
His highest Yorkshire innings came in 2013, when Joe made 236 (24 fours) vs. Derbyshire at Headingley.
Yorkshire announced in December 2018, that Joe had signed a new three year contract that will keep him with the county until 2022.
The 2019 Specsavers County Championship season began with Joe scoring a second innings 130 and passing 10500 first-class runs in the drawn match vs. Nottinghamshire. In the following match at the Ageas Bowl, Joe passed 3000 County Championship runs after scoring 94 in Yorkshire’s innings and 44 run win over Hampshire.
Joe started the 2021 season playing 5 LV= Insurance County Championships matches in preparation for an intense year of Test cricket. Between April-May he scored 321 runs from 8 innings for Yorkshire.
Joe made his Test debut in the fourth Test of the 2012-13 tour to India scoring 73 and 20*.
At Lord’s, Joe played his first Test on home soil making 40 and 71 as England defeated New Zealand by 170 runs in May 2013. In the second Test, at Headingley, Joe completed his first Test century (104), with England taking a 2-0 series win.
Later in the summer of 2013, Joe played in his first Ashes series. England took the Ashes 3-0 with Joe accumulating 339 runs and taking 2 wickets. In the Lord’s Test, he produced a Player of the Match performance when scoring a second inning 180 to help England take a 347 run victory.
Joe was appointed captain of England’s Test team in 2017. His first game as captain saw Joe score 190 vs. South Africa.
Joe’s consistent run gathering during the 2019 ODI World Cup was critical to England being crowned champions in the final vs. New Zealand. In eleven World Cup innings he gathered 556 runs (AVG 61.77) and scored 2 centuries as-well-as 3 fifties.
2021 saw Joe at his best. Leading England to a 2-0 series win in Sri Lanka. He scored 226 in the first Test and then followed up with 186 in the second deciding Test.
After the short tour of Sri Lanka, England crossed the Gulf of Mannar for a four Test series vs. India.
The opening Test in Chennai Joe played his hundredth Test. In the first innings, Joe batted beautifully scoring 218 and was instrumental in England’s first win in India since 2021. On the way to his second double-century in consecutive Test series, Joe passed 12500 first-class runs.
In June 2021, Joe passed 13000 first-class runs at Lord’s, in the first Test against New Zealand.
On 4 August, in the opening Test against India at Trent Bridge, Joe became England’s leading run scorer across long and short formats of international cricket, overtaking Sir Alastair Cook’s 15,737 runs. Joe was outstanding in this series, scoring three centuries in each of the first three Tests and finishing 564 runs from 7 innings
While the Ashes series in Australia was disappointing for both Joe and England, he ended 2021 with 1708 Test runs in a calendar year – the third highest in the all time list. Joe’s performances with the bat during 2021 were recognised by Wisden who made him their Leading Men’s Cricketer in the World.
After England under-preformed on the tour to the Caribbean, the ECB announced on 15 April 2022 that Joe would be standing down as England’s Men captain after 64 Tests in charge.
- 2012 The Cricket Writer’s Club Young Player of the Year.
- 2014 Wisden named Joe one of their 5 Cricketers of the Year.
- 2016 ICC name Joe in their Test Team of the Year.
- 2020 Awarded Order of the British Empire for Services to Cricket.
- 2022 Wisden named Joe as their Leading Men’s Cricketer in the World for 2021.
Ambassador Roles and Sponsors
Brewin Dolphin – Joe works with FTSE 250 listed Brewin Dolphin to help raise brand visibility amongst existing and potential customers,
New Balance – New Balance provide Joe with his bats.
Vitality – As an ambassador for Vitality, Joe has appeared in commercials and attended Vitality’s corporate events.
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(Profile Update: 21/04/22)