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Cricket World Player of the Week - Joe Root

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Joe Root has already struck over 1,000 Test runs in this calendar year for England in just 219 days, the second fastest batsman to do so.

The runs gain a lot more importance when you consider that Dom Sibley has been the next highest scorer for England in the current calendar year with 342 runs.

He had a brilliant outing at Trent Bridge in the first Test against India, where Root was clearly England's best batsman. He struck a brilliant 64 in the first innings and a classy 109 in the second dig, when batsmen around him kept failing.

The best part about his first Test century at home in three years was the intent which Root showed. He was not circumspect against the quality of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami and did not go into his shell. He attacked the full deliveries and made runs at a strike rate of over 60, which was heartening to see.

Had it not been for Root's efforts, there was every chance that India would have wrapped up the game on day four itself.

Root, who recently became only the second England batsman to score 6,000 runs ODI runs, showed that he is a cut above the rest when he struck a scintillating double century on the tour of India earlier this year.

With a classy century in the opening Test match once again, it is the England captain who stands between a historic Indian victory on the England shores and England's bid to uphold their proud record.

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