England hopeful receives top award

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PROMISING Sheffield batsman Joe Root has scooped the 2012 Cricket Writer’s Club Young Cricketer of the Year award.

The 21-year-old, widely tipped to replace retired captain Andrew Strauss when the England Test squad is announced today for November’s tour of India, received the prize at London’s Plaisterers’ Hall yesterday.

Root, who learned his early cricket at Sheffield Collegiate CC, as did former England captain and opening batsman Michael Vaughan, made 746 runs in 15 first-class matches this summer, including a best of 222 not out in Yorkshire’s promotion campaign from Division Two of the LV County Championship.

The youngster, who was consistent in the Friends Life t20 and CB40 competitions, also scored a century for England Lions against West Indies at Northampton.

Root was a runaway 64th recipient of his award - succeeding his fellow Yorkshireman Jonny Bairstow and becoming the 10th from his county to win it.