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Root named ICC men's Test cricketer of the year



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

New Zealand bowler Kyle Jamieson, Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne and India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the other nominees.

Root became the second Englishman to win the award after Alastair Cook in 2011. Root said, "I am incredibly proud to receive this award," said Root.

Root scored 1708 runs in 15 matches with six centuries in 2021 and he was the key player of England's batting. He has become only the third player in history to aggregate over 1700 runs in Test cricket in a calendar year. Only Mohammad Yousuf and Sir Vivian Richards stand ahead of him.

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.

England's Tammy Beaumont was named women's Twenty20 international cricket of the year.