joe Root, Sheffield’s latest cricket starlet, is gearing up for the next chapter in his career after a late call-up to the England one-day squad, which will tour India this month.
Root, who impressed on his full test debut against India late last year as England won the Test series, was added to the party which will return to the sub-continent after Jonny Bairstow, his team-mate at Yorkshire, was granted compassionate leave after a family illness.
Sheffield Collegiate product Root, who turned 22 on December 30, has not yet played a 50-over game for his country but was a key member of the Yorkshire squad which reached the Twenty20 Cup final last season, and consequently played in the 2012 T20 Champions League in South Africa.
Root, pictured left, is known to have impressed the England selectors with his sound temperament in the longer format of the game, and counts England batting coach Graham Thorpe as one of his biggest fans.
But Root, from Dore, has also worked hard to develop his one-day game.
Aware that he lacks the natural strength to frequently clear the ropes, Root has instead spent time perfecting a series of sweep shots - including one dubbed the ‘Rootscoop’ by Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale.
“He started experimenting with it in the nets,” Gale said.
“I didn’t know whether he’d be gutsy enough to play it in a match with the pressure on, but he played it a bit last year and has pretty much nailed it in every innings he’s tried it. He just backs himself to get it.”
The England squad, due to land in India today, play five One Day Internationals before departing India on January 28.