Last week, Sheffield’s very own Joe Root became England’s latest test cricket captain. He will replace the incumbent Alastair Cook.
Although Root is currently the third best batsman on the planet, the local lad started off as a (more) fresh-faced youngster at Sheffield Collegiate Cricket Club.
Here, JUS News boils down Root’s career to some key facts and figures.
15: Joe made his senior cricket debut at 15 for Sheffield Collegiate. Having come through the youth system there, the Dore-born player was a mainstay in the team until Yorkshire’s Academy came calling.
51 and 5-40: In a quirk of the Yorkshire divisional structure at the time, back in 2009 Root, now at Yorkshire played against both his brother and his father. He made 51 against their Sheffield Collegiate side, before taking 5-40 with ball in hand; his wickets included brother Billy and father Matt. No doubt Joe kept that quiet around the family dining table.
53: He has played 53 matches for England so far as a versatile batsman. After a stint at number six and a go opening the batting, he settled into position at number four. The question now is whether or not as captain he will move himself up to number three, where he has played lately, permanently.
73: In his first ever test match innings Root hit an assured 73 against India in Nagpur in late 2012. The match, the fourth test of the historic 2-1 series victory, was drawn, but it was an auspicious start from the man who has been known as FEC (future England captain) for years.
52.8: Root’s current batting average is more than impressive. Observers are waiting to see if the captaincy can help him push it into even more stratospheric realms. For Australia and India respectively, becoming captain helped Root’s contemporaries Steve Smith and Virat Kohli reach another level, England fans will hope the same happens here.
1: The number of games as a temporary Yorkshire captain that it took Root to gain the rather undesirable nickname of ‘craptain’. After regular captain Andrew Gale dropped himself in 2014, Root captained the side. Alas he captained them to a spectacular defeat, as Middlesex chased down over 400 to win.
254: Root’s high score of 254 came in a spectacular performance last summer against Pakistan. Improving it will take some doing, but if anyone could, you’d back Joseph Edward Root to do it.
Featured image: Naparazzi (Flickr/Creative Commons)