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Joe Root wins Cricket Writer’s Club Young Cricketer of the Year award
Joe Root has become the 10th Yorkshire player to win the Cricket Writer’s Club Young Cricketer of the Year award.
The White Rose opening batsman has won this year’s award after team-mate Jonny Bairstow took last year’s honour.
Root, 21, received the award at the club’s annual lunch at London's Plaisterers' Hall this afternoon after scoring 746 runs from 15 first-class matches this summer, including a career best 222 not out.
As well as helping Yorkshire clinch promotion to the top tier of the LV= County Championship, the England Lions batsman was also a key part of the county’s run to the final of the Friends Life t20 Finals Day.
Having impressed with 241 runs from 12 matches, the majority of them batting at number three, he was named in England’s provisional 30-man squad for the forthcoming World Twenty20 event in Sri Lanka. He missed out when the squad was cut to a final 15.
Following the retirement of fellow opener Andrew Strauss, Root will have a keen eye on England’s Test squad announcement tomorrow for November’s tour of India.
The other nine Yorkshire players to win the award are: Fred Trueman (1952), Phil Sharpe (1962), Geoffrey Boycott (1963), Chris Old (1970), Ashley Metcalfe (1986), Richard Blakey (1987), Chris Silverwood (1996), Adil Rashid (2007) and Jonny Bairstow (2011).