Ultimate XI T20 Batsmen 3-5: Joe Root

By August 03, 2020
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At first glance, Joe Root does not look like the type of batsman that makes for a successful T20 player. Obdurate in the Test arena and the solid anchor sheet in One-Day Internationals, Root doesn’t seem to have the swashbuckling, sometimes even kamikaze-like penchant for attacking bowling that the best proponents of the shortest form of the game seem to possess. But, for some reason, maybe his incredible work ethic has helped him, he has adapted.

Root depends on deft touches and manipulations of the field to accumulate his runs, but his ability to do so is so exquisite that he could hurt a team without ever hitting a six. In fact, Root has only ever hit 16 sixes for England in 32 T20I outings. He has, however, scored five half-centuries in that period and averages above 35. The story is similar in the T20 arena where he has scored nine half-centuries in 20 games at an average of 30 and a half. His strike rate of 126 in international cricket and 125 in T20s isn’t staggering, but it does show remarkable adaptability for a man who strikes at 50 in the Test arena and just 60 in ODIs.

Career Statistics (2011-present)

Full name: Joseph Edward Root

Born: December 30, 1990, Sheffield, Yorkshire (29)

Major teams: England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Sydney Thunder, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF      SR       100   50     4s      6s    

32       30       5      893      90*   35.72    707   126.30     0      5      92      16   

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50    4s     6s     

72         66    13    1619      92*   30.54    1288      125.69      0      9    180    24    

 

Career Highlights

  • 32 T20I caps scoring 893 runs at 35.72
  • 1619 T20 runs at average of 30.54
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