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England Batter Joe Root named Wisden's Man of the Year

Sports Desk

Joe Root has been named Wisden’s Leading Cricketer in the World for the first time following his sensational batting exploits in 2021, his final year as England captain. He left the captaincy a few days ago. Now he got the good news.

The 159th edition Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2022 is released on Thursday, with Root decorated as the leading male player and South Africa’s Lizelle Lee the Leading Woman Cricketer in the World.

Wisden editor Lawrence Booth also named his five Cricketers of the Year, an award based on the English summer that a player can only win once. These awards have been handed out since 1889 and are the oldest individual award in cricket.

Reflecting a poor summer for the England men’s team, just one of the five is English, Ollie Robinson, who overcame a tumultuous Test debut in which offensive tweets were revealed to take 37 wickets in his first year as an international.

Instead, touring players are celebrated, with Devon Conway rewarded for a double-century on his Test debut at Lord’s and being part of New Zealand’s World Test Championship-winning side.

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