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Joe Root

A potential superstar in the making, Root's acclimatisation to international cricket has been breathtaking.

Tipped as one to watch early on, he made his breakthrough in 2011, nailing down a regular place in Yorkshire's first team and scoring a maiden century against Sussex at Scarborough.

He was rewarded for his impressive form with a call-up to the England Lions squad and a place on the England Performance Programme.

Root produced decent returns in the LV= County Championship in 2012, striking 738 runs at an average of 43.41 - the highlight being a sensational 222 not out versus Hampshire.

The young opener also hit a century for the Lions against West Indies and was given a chance to earn full England honours by being selected for the Test squad to tour India.

He was picked for the final Test and duly struck 79 from number six to help the tourists secure a draw that subsequently sealed a first series victory on Indian soil in 28 years.

Root spent the remainder of the winter awakening the world to his talents with a string of fine performances in all formats before starting the domestic season in stunning fashion for Yorkshire and England Lions; his first four innings were 49, 182, 236 and 179.

He followed up those efforts by striking 243 runs as England beat New Zealand 2-0, his tally helped by becoming the first Yorkshire player to hit a maiden Test ton at Headingley.

After impressing in the Champions Trophy, in which England were beaten finalists, Root was promoted to open in the subsequent Ashes series and quickly found his feet, compiling 180 at Lord's in the second encounter.

Following England's 3-0 win, he struck a limited-overs-international-best 90 not out in a Twenty20 international versus Australia at the Ageas Bowl.