YORKSHIRE and England star Joe Root has won one of cricket’s most prestigious awards.
Root has been named one of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack’s Five Cricketers of the Year in the 151st edition, published today.
The 23-year-old is the 44th Yorkshire player to be honoured by Wisden in a tradition that dates back to 1889.
The Cricketers of the Year are chosen by the editor, with excellence in, or influence on, the previous English summer the major criteria.
Root earned his place as the leading English batsman in the national averages with 1,228 runs at 72.23. He was the first man in the country to 1,000 first-class runs, 467 of them scored in his two County Championship appearances for Yorkshire.
Root’s total included an innings of 104 against New Zealand that saw him become the first Yorkshire player to score his maiden Test century at Headingley.
And it contained an innings of 180 against Australia that made him the youngest English batsman to score an Ashes hundred at Lord’s.
Root is joined on the Cricketers of the Year list by Shikhar Dhawan, who helped India win the Champions Trophy with 363 runs at an average of 90, statistics that earned him Player of the Tournament. Charlotte Edwards, the England women’s captain, is honoured after leading England to back-to-back Ashes series wins, and she is only the second woman chosen after Claire Taylor in 2009.
Ryan Harris, the Australia fast bowler, makes the cut after taking 24 wickets at 19 during last summer’s Ashes, figures he followed with 22 wickets at 19 during the Ashes in Australia, making him the leading wicket-taker across the two series.
Chris Rogers, the Australia opening batsman, has also been chosen after his second crack at Test cricket warmed the cockles of 35-year-olds everywhere.
Rogers followed an under-pressure 84 at Old Trafford with his maiden Test century in Durham, before underlining his class with hundreds at Melbourne and Sydney last winter that helped him to 830 runs across the two series – more than any other player.
Root is the fifth member of the current Yorkshire staff to have been named Cricketer of the Year after Ryan Sidebottom and Tim Bresnan, plus coaches Martyn Moxon and Jason Gillespie.
No one can be chosen for the honour more than once.