Joseph Edward Root, born on December 30 1991 in Southern Yorkshire very soon has established himself in the England team.

After scoring massively in the LV County Championship, the Sheffield lad became the cynosure of the selectors, and made his debut for England against India and got 73 and 20 not out.

It really was a stunning debut considering the way that the Nagpur pitch played. Kevin Pietersen too found it difficult to play there and said: “It was one of the most difficult pitches to bat on”.

After impressing in the test arena in his very first match, he then played the ODI series exceptionally well. But, this consistency hasn't been with him since.

The test series against New Zealand in their backyard saw Root doing nothing special, just a best score of 45, whereas Nick Compton, another young player played astoundingly well and got two back to back hundreds.

Next came the Champions Trophy in which the lad was impressive with his runs, but, as has been the case with him, lacking in consistency.

The Ashes Series 2013 saw him getting just one big innings, a masterful knock of 180.

The same was the case in the NatWest Series against Australia where he was egregious and really poor.

Though he has impressed at times and has no doubt a really pristine technique - there are not many that play the cherry as sweetly as he does - the 22-year-old has highlighted his career with inconsistency.

Cricket is not about giving one or two performances but being consistent with your form. Tendulkar, Ponting, Lara, Border, Bradman, Gavaskar, Dravid, they all have done well and have done it consistently.

With Compton and Carberry being his competitors, Root would have to be really careful with what he does in the upcoming Ashes Series. If he does well, he’ll almost cement his place but if not, then Compton is the first choice and Root could be out in the same manner as the Somerset lad. Beware Joe Root.

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