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Joe Root named ICC men’s Test cricketer of the year for 2021

England captain Joe Root has been named men’s Test cricketer of the year by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Despite a difficult year for his side, Root hit 1,708 runs in 2021 - the third most in a calendar year in Tests. He scored two double centuries and a further four hundreds, including three in successive Tests against India. New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson, Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne and India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the other nominees. “I am incredibly proud to receive this award,” said Root, 31, who become the second Englishman to win the award after Alastair Cook in 2011.

On Sunday, England’s Tammy Beaumont was named women’s Twenty20 international cricket of the year. England won just four of 15 Tests in 2021, including losing the Ashes in Australia and series against India and New Zealand, but Root stood a class above the rest of his side’s batting line-up.

Root scored more than three times as many runs as any of his team-mates - Rory Burns was the next highest scorer with 530 runs - and averaged 61 from 29 innings.

He began the year with 228 and then 186 in Sri Lanka and followed that with a sublime 218 in the first Test against India in Chennai - his 100th Test. BBC

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