Joe Root? AB de Villiers? Kane Williamson? Steve Smith? Who is the best test batsman in the world? Why do I think that Joe Root is the best Test batsmen in the world? There is no doubt that Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and AB de Villiers have unbelievable talent and class, but I feel that Root is just a level above them.
He maybe the youngest out of the few that I mentioned, and has so much time on his side. He has the competence and composure of one that a very experienced cricketer would have. I don’t think I have ever seen him panic in any cricket situation. He has come a long way as well too, after being dropped from the 2013/14 Winter Ashes in Australia.
He returned to the side by scoring a double hundred against Sri Lanka. He bats with a smile on his face, gives his batting partner so much confidence and freedom, and no matter what the situation, he always takes the attack to the bowlers. He is always improving and not much can stop him now.
The current world number 1 ranking spot, is always fluctuating between the 4, and is never occupied for long by any of them. In his current rise to the top of the world rankings, he has shown very little flaws in his game. In his 24 years and 363 days he has 3042 test runs to his name at an average of 54.
He is the player that England are now trying to build a team around, as he will no doubt be one of the best players to ever play the game come the end of his career. He has a very modern technique, a very fluent trigger movement and lovely footwork at the crease. He is a level above the best at the moment because he has a year on them, and is just as good as them.
He has had very little to work with at times, such as scoring 182* v West Indies in Antigua whilst only batting with the tail. He is such a commanding batsman and can change the tone of a game after batting for 10 or so balls. He is now a leader in the England team, and is given extra responsibility and pressure, but he only responds to that pressure by scoring runs and taking pressure of his teammates. He has proved that he is no home track bully, by scoring countless run in the West Indies and Pakistan.
There is no doubt that Joe Root will play a huge part in the current series v South Africa, and after only scoring 24 in the first innings of the first test, he will consider himself very unlucky after he received a ripper from Dane Peidt in his first delivery. It was one of the only good balls he had bowled in the day. Root had batted very well and settled into conditions very quickly, but was gone before he could make too much of an impact. It was a massive wicket for South Africa and Joe will be one of the players that South Africa will be keeping their focus on, and hoping to keep him quiet during the series
It is no doubt that Joe is one of the best players in the world. It is no surprise that he is highly rated in England, after scoring the most runs by a player in a calendar year with 2155 runs in all formats, even with missing the Australia ODI and T2o series, and 1 innings still left to play. I see him up there with Sangakkara, Tendulkar and Ponting in the highest run scores and averages in test cricket. He will become one of the modern greats.