Joe Root plays a lot of cricket. He recently played a lot of one-day cricket and won the World Cup. Pretty soon he will be playing the Ashes, where he will be England’s captain.
Being England captain for an Ashes is quite a wearing job. We understand he’s also going to bat at three, which basically means opening the batting if you play for England (which Joe Root does).
Considering all of this, Joe Root really needs to start the Ashes nice and fresh because he’s only going to get more and more tired as he tackles five Tests in (checks) six-and-a-half weeks.
So is Joe Root fresh?
As we just mentioned, he’s just played a whole World Cup. He also opted to play a Test match against Ireland a couple of days later despite being given the chance to sit it out. (There are photographs of baby Joe Root in a cot with a cricket bat. It’s safe to assume that Joe Root is not a person who is ever going to voluntarily sit out a Test match.)
The image at the top of the page is Joe Root’s face after the Ireland match. Joe Root has very often been described as ‘fresh-faced’ but do you know a phrase we would definitely not use to describe the face in that image? That’s right – ‘fresh-faced’.
Joe Root has gained wrinkles and we’re pretty sure he’s gained them in the last fortnight. He’s not gone full gnarl-dog, but there’s been a definite raisinning of his facial skin in certain areas. To us it speaks of bone-depth fatigue.
How burnt-out is Joe Root? We’d say that Joe Root is already about 42 per cent burnt-out.