England’s Test skipper Joe Root has been one of the most consistent batsmen for his country since he burst onto the international arena. The elegant right-handed batsman has often been spoken in the same breath as Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson to constitute the Fabulous Four.
In recent times, however, Root’s place in this elite group of cricketers has been put in doubt by the fact he is unable to prolifically score centuries. Root’s batting average in Tests is also quite inferior compared to the likes of Smith, Kohli and Williamson. He averages under 50 unlike the other three batsmen.
The most significant aspect of Root’s game which is usually highlighted as the reason behind England’s underperformance in the longest format is his abysmal conversion rate. Root frequently finds himself dismissed soon after reaching his fifty and this reflects in his record where has 42 half-centuries to his name but just 16 hundreds while even Williamson has 20 centuries despite playing 12 games fewer.