Billy Root, better known as the brother of English mainstay and captain Joe Root, has been rewarded for his continuous vigour in pursuit of a career in cricket like his brother and has been given his first ever senior professional contract at Nottinghamshire. The 25-year-old youngster is learned to have signed a two-year deal at Trent Bridge after having spent two seasons in developmental terms.
He impressed the head coach Peter Moores and Mick Newell the director of cricket during the club’s triumphant campaign during the Royal London Cup this summer. His journey has been sheer perseverance while his elder brother has already established himself as one of the greatest batsmen of the modern time.
Billy, like his brother, came through the academy in Yorkshire before he was released in 2011 and spent a couple of years on the MCC Young Cricketers scheme.
He also appeared as a substitute fielder during the 2013 Ashes Test at the Lord’s. He then started playing for the Suffolk in the Minor Counties Championship and then the 2nd XI’s of Worcestershire, Leicestershire, Middlesex, and Surrey in a bid to prove his mettle and catch the eye of the selectors.
He then did a degree in sports management at Leeds Metropolitan University as he felt the dream of playing cricket professionally was fading but regular cricket with the Notts from the year 2015 convinced him to push for the harder way.
He made his county championship debut against Somerset at the fag end of 2016 and despite smashing his maiden first-class hundred for Leeds/Bradford MCCU against Sussex in that summer his main breakthrough innings was yet to come when he remained unbeaten on 107 of just 93 deliveries against Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
In all, he played 9 matches and averaged over 65 across the campaign and despite missing out on a place in the final due to the return of Alex Hales whose completion of national duties has forced Root to move out of XI. He also struck an unbeaten 187 which ensured Nottinghamshire’s victory against Surrey by 4 wickets.