English county Glamorgan have signed Billy Root, the younger brother of England Test skipper, Joe Root on a two-year contract. However, Billy Root has trained since his junior days in the Yorkshire Academy. He was part of the Nottinghamshire county for the last couple of seasons as well.
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Meanwhile, it is subject to registration from the England Cricket Board (ECB). Now, Glamorgan has stated they were looking to sign a couple of batsmen ahead of the 2019 season.
“I believe I can make a big contribution to the side over the next few seasons,” said Billy Root who is currently 26-year old.
Meanwhile, Glamorgan finished at the bottom of the County Championship with as many as ten defeats from 14 matches in the 2nd Division League. They also ended at the bottom of the chart even in the 50-over competition and further failed to qualify for the knockout stages of the Natwest T20 Blast.
However, Chris Cooke and Kiran Carlson with 606 and 567 runs were the only two batsmen to score 500 runs in the 2018 County Championship.
“When I spoke to Hugh Morris (Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket), he talked about the club’s strategy to develop a young and exciting team, and it’s something I’m excited to be part of,” Billy Root said.
Billy Root believes he can help Glamorgan win the title this time around
“Last season wasn’t a great one for the club, but there is a lot of talent here. I believe I can help us push for silverware in white-ball cricket, while we look to improve our results in the County Championship,” he added.
The younger brother of Joe Root averages more than 30 across all three formats of the game and has so far scored a couple of first-class centuries.
“We are thrilled to secure Billy’s signing,” said Morris. “Over the course of the campaign it became apparent we needed to supplement our batting stocks, and in Billy, we have signed a player who is still young but has experience playing Division One cricket and is hungry to succeed.”
“He can play across all three formats which makes him an ideal signing for the club and will be a fantastic addition to the dressing room,” Morris further added.