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Joe Root's brother thrilled to share England experience

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Not many English brothers can say that they have stood together in the middle at Lord's during an Ashes Test, but Joe and Bill Root can.

While Joe was on his way to having his name etched onto the honours board for the first time, his younger sibling was aiding the England team as a substitute fielder. One of Bill's duties included bringing the elder Root drinks during that marathon seven-hour long innings. 

The fraternal embrace during one of these trips to the middle made it clear just how close these two guys are. With only 20 months between them, they have grown up together, often playing for the same cricket team at various ages.

Bill is currently playing for the Yorkshire 2nd XI and it is clear that he has a lot of admiration for his sibling's talent with the bat.

Speaking to Sportsmail, Bill declared: "He is awesome. I have always looked up to my big brother. Very much so. If I am not happy about where I am with my batting I always want to talk to him about it rather than any of my coaches.

"He knows so much about batting. He just makes his game so simple and I would like mine to be as simple."

And Joe Root's sublime knock against Australia in the last Test was befitting of all of these kind words about his ability.

But the pair - like most brothers - have had days where they haven't necessarily seen eye-to-eye. One of these occasions notably occurred while their dad was in the middle of a club cricket match, which the 20-year-old narrates.

"We were playing outside the ropes. Just the two of us. I was about five. All day I could not get him out. He was whacking me everywhere. Finally, I got him out and it was my turn to bat. He got me out first ball and I had had enough. I started chasing him with the bat," Bill explained.

The scrap delayed the ensuing match, as dad Matt Root had to break them up. However, the pair do get on extremely well, and will both cherish their opportunity to be together at the Lord's Test for a long time to come.

This is something that the younger Root already acknowledges: "Being on the same field as my brother in an England Test match was very special, something that does not come round very often… Unless your name is Waugh."

With an average over 40 in 2nd XI cricket, it might not be long before Bill Root gets a crack in a County Championship for Yorkshire. And if he has the invaluable advice of his brother in his ear, who knows how far his career can progress from there?

 

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