The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today announced that Team GM player Joe Root has been named as the England Men’s Cricketer of the Year for 2014-2015, recognising his outstanding performance in international cricket since May 2014.
Members of the cricket media voted that Joe Root’s exceptional contributions with the bat for England during this period should make him the winner of this award.
In Test match cricket Root scored 1135 runs at an average of nearly 95 since the two-match series against Sri Lanka at the start of last summer, including four scores of 149 and above, with a top score of 200 not out against Sri Lanka at Lord’s.
The Yorkshire batsman also hit three One-Day International (ODI) centuries in the same time frame. Root overcame strong competition from a short-list which included James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance to win the award for the first time.
Other awards presented on the night were to Charlotte Edwards, Saqib Mahmood and Luke Sugg for England Women’s Cricketer of the Year, England Development Programme Cricketer of the Year and England Disability Cricketer of the Year respectively.
ECB Chief Executive, Tom Harrison, said: “These awards once again highlight the sheer breadth of individual talent across our different England teams and there was fierce competition for the trophies in all four categories.
“Our thanks go to the England teams’ sponsor Waitrose for their continued support, to the cricket media for their assistance with the judging process, and to MCC for once again staging the event this evening in the iconic Long Room at Lord’s.”
Gunn & Moore Managing Director Peter Wright, said: “We are delighted that Joe has won such a prestigious award and are proud that he continues to choose and recommend our bats and equipment as his career goes from strength to strength.”