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Men’s Cricket Root named ICC’s men’s Test player of the year

ENGLAND captain Joe Root (top) has been named men’s Test cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council.

Despite a testing year for the national side the Yorkshireman scored 1,708 runs in 2021, the third-highest total on record in a calendar year.

Only Pakistan’s Mohammad Yousuf (1,788 in 2006) and West Indies great Viv Richards (1,710 in 1976) have scored more.

Root registered two double centuries and a further four hundreds, including three in successive Tests against India during the summer, and averaged 61. He also chipped in 14 wickets at an average of 30.50 with his part-time off-spin.

“I am very humbled to be in the same breath as a number of wonderful players around the world,” said the 31-year-old, only the second Englishman to win the award after Sir Alastair Cook in 2011.

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