Sheffield’s Joe Root is ‘the best in the world’

Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after reaching his 50 at Headingley
Joe Root acknowledges the crowd after reaching his 50 at Headingley

England hero Ben Stokes hailed Sheffield’s Joe Root as the best player in the world after he equalled a world record on his home ground at Headingley yesterday.

The England skipper’s half century against the West Indies saw him pass 50 in twelve consecutive Test matches, a run which stretches back to October last year in Bangladesh and draws him level with South African superstar AB de Villiers.

Root eventually fell for a fluent 59 after rescuing England from a familiar early collapse, and Stokes’ superb century helped them reach 258 all out. The Windies will resume day two of the second Test this morning 19-1.

And Stokes said: “It’s one hell of an achievement, and he’s one hell of a player. He has been for a long time now.

“The captaincy hasn’t affected his ability to score runs - if anything it’s made him better, which I didn’t think was possible.

“He’s right up there with the best in the world, if not the best, and showing why he deserves to be talked about in that company.”