The name is Root, Joe Root

Root has since been asked to stay on as cover for the Twenty20 series — a disconcerting development, notwithstanding the fact he's already hit more sixes in his Test career than Jonathan Trott. The temptation is to cultivate his tendency towards discretion and shield him from the temptations that await in the shorter formats. But equally, you sense his game and his brain are ready for what lies ahead. Roots are nothing if not grounded.

Andrew miller is editor of The Cricketer magazine, which owns Test Match Sofa

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