Joe Root has completed a clean sweep as England’s Test, limited overs and supporters’ player of the year but despite an outstanding 12 months with the bat, the Yorkshireman said his game remains far from perfect and that more hard work lies ahead.
The 25-year-old collected the hat-trick of trophies on Monday at the team’s annual awards dinner before the first Test against Sri Lanka at Headingley. They were his reward for a central role in Test series wins over Australia and South Africa, as well England’s runners-up finish in the World Twenty20 in India.
“I’m extremely proud. You can’t win these personal awards without great people – and great team players – around you,” said Root, who won the England player of the year in 2015 before it was split into Test and limited-overs awards, both of which are voted for by the cricket media.