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GM’s Joe Root is World Number One

12th August 2015 10:37, in Cricket News

Joe Root’s 433 runs in the four Ashes Tests this summer have propelled England to victory and himself to the top of the ICC Test rankings.

Joe raises his bat to the crowd in celebration of his century at Trent Bridge.

He has become the first Englishman since fellow Gunn and Moore man Michael Vaughan to reach the summit and he has overtaken Steve Smith, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to get there.

So how has he done it?

Weight of runs and great bats are the key factors. Nobody has scored more runs than Root this calendar year in Tests. He is fast closing in on 1,000 runs for 2015 but the rankings don’t just reward your current form.

His position at the top is reflective that in 14 matches in 2013 he scored 862 runs and in 2014 he scored 777 runs in just seven matches.

It is his consistent run-scoring against all-comers over this extended period of time that has seen him take over the top spot.

73 on debut against India as he found his feet in international cricket was followed by a lean tour of New Zealand but back on home soil, he struck his maiden ton against the Black Caps at Headingley.

He was an Ashes winner later that summer thanks to his epic 180 at Lord’s only to suffer a dip – along with most of his team-mates – as England were thrashed 5-0 Down Under.

Back in the team to take on Sri Lanka last summer, he responded with an unbeaten 200 and a brace of centuries against India. He averaged more than 80 in those series as well as the one in the Caribbean earlier this year, where he scored 358 runs at a strike rate of 73.21: the runs flowed, and they flowed quickly.

The series against New Zealand at the start of the summer was his first since the Ashes whitewash where he didn’t pass three figures, but he only fell short by two runs at Lord’s and still managed a healthy 183 runs in both Tests.

Most recently against Australia it was only at Lord’s where he failed, hitting 134 in Cardiff and 130 at Trent Bridge as well as a couple of half-centuries.

He has already scored eight centuries in 56 innings. On four of those occasions he has passed 150 and he also has an unbeaten 149.

Getting to a century and then kicking on to make it a big one – and in so many cases, a match-winning one – is a huge part of Root’s and England’s success since he has come into the side.

He was able to take the disappointment of the Ashes over the winter and use it as motivation to get back into the team, pile on the runs, once again become an Ashes winner and finally top the world rankings.

Gunn & Moore MD Peter Wright says: “We have supplied Joe with top quality bats throughout his professional career and are proud to be associated with his success.

“It is also a great tribute to the guys in our factory who make all our English Willow bats from start to finish and just love seeing the ball fly off his bats to the boundary with such ease.

“It is remarkable what we have achieved together.”

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