|DLCA SCHOLAR ROOT BECOMES CAPTAIN OF ENGLAND
Joe Root has stepped to the pinnacle of English Cricket, becoming the 80th Test Captain of the England Cricket Team.
Joe Root attended the DLCA in 2010/11, having played just 1 One Day game for Yorkshire. He was sent to the DLCA on a ECB Scholarship, to train at the Academy, and play Grade Cricket on weekends for the Prospect District Cricket Club, averaging 27.
Even though he hadn’t played any First Class Cricket for Yorkshire at the time, he was being touted as the best player out of Yorkshire, since Geoff Boycott.
Roots attributes at the time were very clear, his maturity for a 20 year old, and understanding of the game, and what it was going to take to reach the highest level. His ability to find a way and succeed in the many situations thrown at him, and his highly competitive nature.
First Class Cricket was never going to be enough, as he clearly made the point his ambition was to play for England, and importantly knowing what was required to get there and succeed.
Upon his return to England, he toured Barbados with Yorkshire pre season,to secure a top order batting spot. A solid tour won him his spot for Yorkshire to start the season. That season was solid, highlighting with 160 against Sussex. This was also highlighted in August being selected for the England Lions against Sri Lanka A making 10 and 66.
The following year he continued to improve and was selected for the Lions against the touring West Indies making 115no, to display his ability to perform when going up a level.
Root continued his rapid rise to be selected for the England touring party, for their tour of India in 2012, 2 years after attending the DLCA. He was selected for the 4th Test at Nagpur, and made his debut in tough conditions with England in trouble at 4/119, making 73 on debut, to top score.
Roots game has continued to blossom, to become the premier batsman for England, and become pivotal for England’s batting in all 3 formats of the game. Currently he averages 52.8 in Test cricket with 11 hundreds, and a top score of 254, in ODI’s averaging 46.3 with 8 centuries, and a HS of 125, and in T20 Internationals, averaging 40.33, HS of 90no, and strike rate of 130.
At the age of 26, Root has been entrusted in leading England, and lifting English Cricket into a more successful era.