Joe Root will ensure England rise to number one in the world Test Match rankings, according to Yorkshire’s Academy director and second-team coach Ian Dews.

Root’s ethic of hard work, obvious ever since Dews first met the Sheffield batsman in his early teens at Emerald Headingley, will be the blueprint for the country’s progression.

After England’s recent 3-0 clean sweep in Sri Lanka, Root made no secret of his goal to leapfrog India from number two in the ICC’s rankings.

Earlier today, it was announced that the 27-year-old – he turns 28 on December 30 – has signed a new contract with the White Rose county, sparking memories of how this star’s journey began.

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