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jimmy joined us to keep an eye on LancsCCC v middlesex ccc & look ahead to the World Cup:

what’s going on with his hair


Anderson looks back on the summer


Durham v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup Final 2014, 20th September


Durham celebrate, Royal London Cup Final 2014, 20th September


Durham sing Blayden Races with the fans, Royal London Cup Final 2014, 20th September

When Joe Root was seven, a butterfly landed on his shoulder. It was vast. Vibrantly colourful too. And it sat there for minutes, apparently enchanted by the bright white bounce of the young boy’s hair. Root’s school friends gathered around, in awe as this giant insect hitched a ride.

Root was on a school trip to the Tropical Butterfly House, close to where he grew up in the South Yorkshire village of Dore, a short stumble from Sheffield. Some of the kids who were there that day - as well as a primary schoolteacher - still recall that incident, 16 years on. There is a phrase they all use for Root when telling this story: “the chosen one”. People, you see, are suckers for destiny.

Root would become used to attracting attention. From butterflies to school cricket coaches to Yorkshire scouts and, finally, to England’s management, one after another they were drawn to his angelic glow.

” — do you still need us to present you with evidence that cricket journalism is just fan fiction? (via The Cricket Monthly)


Joe Root captained Yorkshire in Andrew Gale’s absence. (September 12, 2014)