How Joe Root rose to be number one Test-ranked batsmen

Joe Root celebrates a century
Joe Root celebrates a century
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Joe Root has become the first Englishman since fellow Gunn and Moore man Michael Vaughan to achieve this feat and he has beaten out quality opposition such as Steve Smith, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to get there.

But how did he get there?

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.

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

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."

Over this extended period it has been his consistent run-scoring against all-comers that has seen him take over the top spot.

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

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.

Using the disappointment of the Ashes over the winter, he's used it as motivation to not only get back into the team but pile on the runs and once again become an Ashes winner, and finally, land at the top of the world rankings.

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.

Gunn & Moore MD Peter Wright continued: “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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