1990: Born in Sheffield on December 30 to Helen and Matt. Educated at Dore Primary School and then King Ecgberts and Worksop College alongside younger brother Billy, born in August 1992.
2004: Handed a Yorkshire scholarship contract at the age of 13 having impressed coaches such as Ian Dews and Kevin Sharp.
2006: Debuted in the Sheffield Collegiate first team, scoring seven as an opener in a Premier League victory over Sheffield United. His father Matt played in the same game. Made a century for England under 15s later that summer.
2007: Made his Yorkshire Academy and second-team debuts in the same summer, scoring seven and eight respectively. His first Academy century came the following year.
2009: Three hundreds for second-team and Academy helped to secure a first-team debut in a season-ending 40-over game with Essex at Headingley. He opened the batting and scored 63 in a defeat.
2011: Having made his first-class debut in a University fixture at the start of the previous summer, Root made his first County Championship appearance for Yorkshire in the April clash with Worcestershire at New Road. He then scored a fine 160 – his first county century – in an August draw against Sussex at Scarborough.
2012: After relegation, Root helped to get Yorkshire back into Division One with a second-placed finish. A sublime 222* opening the batting on a tricky pitch in a rainy draw at Hampshire will live long in the memory. He played at the T20 Champions League in South Africa before a maiden Test cap (number 655) came against India in Nagpur in December, scoring 73 at number six in the first innings of a draw. Also made his T20 international debut on the same tour a few days later. Had been handed cap number 171 by Yorkshire in August.