Cricket: Talented Root lands England central contract

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Sheffield and Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has been awarded a central contract by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the 2013-14 season.

The 22-year-old played a starring role in England’s Ashes-winning summer and the England and Wales Cricket Board has announced that he joins 10 other players in being awarded deals up to the end of September 2014. Root has hit two Test centuries since making his international debut last December. Eoin Morgan misses out on a central contract.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “Congratulations to Joe Root who is the one addition to the list of players awarded a central contract and this reflects the important role Joe has played for England since making his international debut last year and will I’m sure continue to play across all formats.”

The other players to be awarded contracts are James Anderson, Ian Bell, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Steven Finn, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott. England jet out to Australia for the defence of the Ashes urn today.