Since his debut in India on England's winter tour back in 2012/2013, Joe Root has made quite the impact on international cricket.
His ability to both anchor and help progress an innings has seen him rack up some impressive statistics so far in his international career.
With a Test batting average of 54.93, ODI average of 44.34 and T20 average of 39.6, he has become a vital player in all formats of the game for the Lions. He isn't too shabby with the ball either, having claimed 30 wickets with his part-time off-spin.
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What makes Joe Root such a special and important player for England is his ability to read the situation of a match and bat according to what is needed. He is a calm and collective individual and he portrays that on the crease. Whilst he can up the tempo of the innings with a flick of the wrist and maintain an onslaught, you can have assurances that he won't throw his wicket away. To the eye, his stroke play is both calculated, yet aesthetically perfect.
His recent performances at the 2016 T20 World Cup in India is why many believe he is the man to carry the England Cricket Team forward. There was never any doubt he could perform in the Test's and ODI but to finish the tournament the third highest run scorer with 249 runs in a T20 format, made us all further realise how diverse his game is.
His destructive nature in the opening games leading up to the final highlighted his ability to maintain an onslaught. However, his patient anchoring of the innings with his 54 in the final, epitomised his ability to read the situation of the game and bat according to it. With England stumbling to 23-3, they needed a calm head to dictate the innings and bat out the full 20 overs. Alongside Jos Buttler, Root helped managed this whilst adding yet another half century to his impressive record.
With the Kevin Pietersen incident becoming a closed chapter in the history of English cricket, the nation needed a star to cement his place in the middle order. Joe Root has managed this and will continue to deliver as long as he stays focused and attempts to further unlock all his potential.
Within an ever-changing sport with several formats, both his appearance and role within all three sides is crucial if England want to progress and maintain their impressive form. Alastair Cook's position as test captain is cemented for the time being but with the captaincy increasingly becoming such a results-based role, England may just have a young prodigy learning the tricks of the game to turn to in the future so Root can build on his brief experience captaining the England Lions.
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