When Joe Root was embroiled in a 2am row over a fake beard with Australia batsman David Warner in a Birmingham bar in Juneit did not bode well for his England captaincy prospects. He could not have been more wrong.
The baby-faced Root was actually ridiculing his own lack of facial hair in a self-deprecating act typical of a man who enjoys nothing more than a laugh and a joke with his team-mates. It was a chastening experience.
This week, upon his well-received appointment as England captain, Root reiterated his desire to retain his sense of humour in the face of the many challenges sure to present themselves in the coming years. But, in a previously unpublished interview with Ace warner j o Mail on Sunday, the year-old revealed how the Warner incident provided a valuable reminder of the pitfalls of being in the public eye.
You have to enjoy winning and being part of a successful team, just being a young bloke. Root is presented with an award as an year-old by former England captain Michael Vaughan.
Practical joker Root has kept out of trouble ever since Ace warner j o retained the sense of humour which makes him such a popular figure in the England dressing room. Indeed, after a spate of incidents where players and back-room staff found their smartest socks had holes cut in them by a mystery prankster last season, the finger of blame also fell on Root.
An incident in bar in Birmingham between Australia's David Warner and Root ahead of the Ashes series is the moment he says that made him. No one has yet established who exactly the culprit is although the suspect has been nicknamed the Yorkshire Snipper in the changing room. Everything is pointing towards Joe on that.
With 11 Test hundreds, 4, runs at an average of It was an early indicator of his leadership credentials. I was quite nervous.
We were split into small groups and he asked me to lead my group. It was surreal to be put in that situation.
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Root celebrates his double century against Pakistan at Old Trafford last summer. His team-mates at former club Sheffield Collegiate remember a young Root batting against his brother Billy in the nets long after sundown. But the over-riding theme when speaking to those who know Root is that fame has not affected him one jot.
The boorish Warner might have got into his head, but Root is a man who knows his own mind. For more content follow HardysWineUK.
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