England batsman Joe Root’s exclusion from the list of contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award is a “bit concerning” for cricket, according to supporter’s group the Barmy Army.
Root - the No 1 Test batsman in the world - was named man of the series after scoring 460 runs as England regained the Ashes with a 3-2 win over Australia during the summer.
But while a similar achievement was enough for Andrew Flintoff to win the award in 2005, Root was not selected on the final shortlist by a 12-strong expert panel.
Matt Nichols, a spokesperson for the Barmy Army, told Press Association: “Joe Root had such a good year, being named man of the series in an Ashes victory and breaking the calendar-year record for most runs scored for England. It is a bit concerning for him not to be up there.”
“It’s difficult to say why he was left out, and also Stuart Broad, who produced one of the best pieces of bowling at Trent Bridge when Australia were bowled out for 60.”
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