England captain Joe Root is named ICC Men’s Test cricketer of the year after scoring 1,708 runs including two double centuries and four other hundreds with only two other players ever scoring more in a calendar year
- Joe Root scored 1,708 runs in what was a challenging year for England
- Captain hit two double centuries and four other hundreds at an average of 61
- Only Mohammad Yousuf and Viv Richards have scored more in a calendar year
England captain Joe Root has been named men’s Test cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council.
Despite a testing year for the national side the Yorkshireman scored 1,708 runs in 2021, the third-highest total on record in a calendar year.
Only Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006) and West Indies great Viv Richards (1,710 in 1976) have scored more.
England captain Joe Root has been named the ICC Men’s Test Cricketer of the Year for 2021
Root was in sublime form all year, scoring two double centuries and four further hundreds
Root registered two double centuries and a further four hundreds, including three in successive Tests against India during the summer, and averaged 61. He also chipped in 14 wickets at an average of 30.50 with his part-time off-spin.
‘I am incredibly proud to receive this award,’ said the 31-year-old, only the second Englishman to win the award after Sir Alastair Cook in 2011.
‘I am very humbled to be in the same breath as a number of wonderful players around the world and it means a huge amount to have got this award.
‘If there was one hundred that really sticks out it would probably be in Chennai (he scored 218 in February) against India. With it being my 100th game it is something that will live long in the memory.’
Root’s captaincy has come under scrutiny following a disastrous Ashes tour of Australia
Root started his momentous 2021 by hitting 228 in England’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in Galle before backing that up with 186 in the first innings of the second Test at the same venue.
England’s tour of India started brightly for Root when he struck another double century in the first Test win at Chennai but fortunes for both the team and captain declined thereafter with Root unable to score more than 40 in his other seven innings.
The home summer started with scores of 42 and 40 against New Zealand at Lord’s and peaked against India when Root hit an unbeaten 180 followed by 121 in back-to-back Tests against India at Lord’s and Headingley.
Root marks his century during the Test match against India at Chennai back in February
The Ashes tour of Australia began with the ignominy of a duck in the first innings at Brisbane but Root atoned with a score of 89 in the second innings, albeit a feat unable to avert a nine-wicket defeat.
As England’s brittle batting faltered around him, Root on the whole had a decent measure of Australia’s bowlers though he was unable to realise his ambition of scoring a century Down Under.
He hit half-centuries in Adelaide and Melbourne but England were woeful as they crashed to a 4-0 series defeat which left question marks over his captaincy.
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