The right-handed gifted batsman started his career as an opening batsman and a part-time off-spinner but gradually he became a middle-order batsman where he has played most of his cricket career. He made his domestic debut for Yorkshire’s second team in July 2007 and celebrated it with a fifty. For his outstanding success at the second team level, he had been promoted to the first team. He was the top scorer for Yorkshire’s final match of the season at Headingly, against Essex, but they could not win the match. Then his man-of-the-series performance for the England Under-19 team against Bangladesh in 2010 caught the eye of Yorkshire and signed a Three – Year Professional contract with him. He started to establish himself as a reliable batsman and never looked back after that. His unbeaten 70 against Hong Kong in Under-19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand helped England to reach the quarter-finals where they had been knocked out by the West Indies.
Joe Root made his Test debut in the fourth test against India in 2012 in Vidarbha and became the 655th player to represent England at Test cricket. He received his cap from the former English all-rounder Paul Collingwood. He scored a wonderful 73 from 229 balls against India’s spin attack in the slow Nagpur pitch which was described as one of the toughest by Kevin Peterson. In that match, he batted for 289 minutes which is also the sixth-longest innings by an English batsman on debut. He also made his T20 and ODI debut in that tour and scored his maiden ODI fifty in that series. Then he went to the New Zealand tour where he just made 88 odd runs in the test series but two ODI half-centuries.
His first test hundred came in the next series, the New Zealand tour Of England. He played the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy for England and was named in the “Team of the Tournament“. He was selected for the 2013 Ashes and scored a century in the Lord’s Test. In the 2013-14 Ashes series his performance dips and dropped from the last match of the series. Later, he was also dropped from the ODI series against Australia. But the selectors retained him for the West- Indies series and Root did not disappoint them. He carried his good form and finished as the highest run-getter in the series. He scored two half-centuries and a century in the Test series and the first ODI ton. In the next series against Sri Lanka, he performed quite well.
Root played the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup and became the youngest English player to score a hundred in World Cup. He became the Vice-captain of the Test team before the 2015 Ashes and finally took over the captaincy from Cook in February 2017. In his captaincy, England comfortably won against South Africa and West Indies in their home. Root, the batsman gradually becomes one of the most beautiful batsmen to watch but Root’s captaincy was under the scanner after get severely beaten by Australia in Ashes. With his bat, he was trying his best but as a captain, it seemed he has a lot to improve upon. Root was selected in the 2017 Champions Trophy and named in the “Team of the Tournament”. In the 2019 World Cup, Root had a vital role in winning the tournament under Eoin Morgan. He ended the tournament with 556 runs from 11 innings.