Joe Root claims hat-trick at the England team awards dinner

Joe Root claims hat-trick at the England team awards dinner
Joe Root had a fantastic 2015/16 season for England.
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England batsman Joe Root has swept the honours at the England team awards dinner including the cricketer of the year award in the Test and the limited overs formats.

Root also won the fans’ choice award for England’s Men’s Player of the Year for the second time in a row after enjoying tremendous success in the 2015-16 season.

After England’s first-round exit in the 2015 Cricket World Cup, Root has featured in 17 Test matches and has amassed 1674 runs at an average of 59.78 including four hundreds and 12 fifties.

During the same period Root also enjoyed a prolific record in the One-Day International format, scoring 770 runs at an average of 59.23 with four centuries and as many half-centuries.

In the Twenty20 International format, Root managed 411 runs from 11 innings with three fifties while scoring at a strike rate of 145.22.

Root’s emphatic form combined with Alastair Cook’s resurgence with the bat played a key role in England winning the 2015 Ashes and the series victory against South Africa.

For the Cricketer of the Year award in Tests, Root faced competition from Stuart Broad and Ben Stokes while Jos Buttler and David Willey were the other contenders for the award in the limited overs formats.

More than winning personal accolades, Root is thrilled and feels proud that he is able to contribute to England’s victories.

"The reason you play is to contribute to England winning.

"During the last 12 months or so, we've come a long way and kept improving.

“To be able to say I've contributed makes me really pleased and proud.

"You can't win these personal awards without great people - and great team players - around you.

“These personal awards are great, but they don't mean as much as the ones you win together.”

Root is currently considered one among the most talented cricketers of this generation, but the right-hander is keen make further improvements to his game to scale greater heights.

"I know that my cricket can develop so much more.

“There are so many areas that I have to keep working on and keep improving.

“I don't think you're ever happy as a batter: there as always more runs you can get and more tweaks you can make to improve.

“There's plenty on the horizon for me to work at.”

Meanwhile, Anya Shrubsole went on to win the England Women’s Cricketer of the Year award for the first time, beating her fellow teammates Heather Knight and Sarah Taylor.

Shrubsole enjoyed a successful outing in the last year, taking 32 wickets across the three formats of the game, including a four-wicket haul in each of the three formats.

Former England women’s team skipper Charlotte Edwards, who recently announced her retirement from international cricket was honoured with the fans’ choice award for the Women’s Player of the Year.

Essex batsman Dan Lawrence, who scored 712 runs in the past year for the England U-19 team, secured the England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year award.

The 14-year-old Callum Flynn, who played a major role in England’s victory in the first edition of the Physical Disabilities World Cup in Bangladesh was presented with the Disability Cricketer of the year award.

Former England batsman and noted cricket commentator David Lloyd was honoured with the Special Achievement Award by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for a career in the game which has now spanned more than 50 years.

The chief executive officer of the ECB Tom Harrison praised the award winners for their contribution to England cricket in what he termed was a “remarkable year”.

“It’s been a remarkable year for our international teams – the Women’s Ashes attracted record attendances and unprecedented levels of media interest, our physical disability team won the inaugural Physical Disability World Cup in Bangladesh, and our men’s team regained the Ashes, won a major Test series in South Africa, and reached the final of the World T20 tournament.

“Each of the players honoured tonight has made a big contribution to England cricket, helping to win matches and to inspire a wider audience and deserves the highest praise.”

Harrison also saluted Lloyd for his services to the game of cricket and said that the 69-year-old richly deserved the accolades for his “extraordinary career”.

“The recognition for David Lloyd, with the ECB Special Achievement Award, is also richly deserved.

“Bumble is one of the game’s greatest servants and finest characters.

“He is pretty much unique, having given so much to cricket in so many different ways; as a player, coach, captain, umpire and commentator.

“This award is a wonderful way to salute his extraordinary career.”

England will begin their 2016 international season with the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka which begins on 19th May in Leeds.

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