Joe Root an incredible player: England coach Brendon McCullum

The 31-year-old has been in fine form, scoring 11 centuries in his last 24 Tests and recently becoming only the second English cricketer after Alastair Cook to score 10,000 Test runs.

The former captain’s most recent century – an unbeaten 142 against India in the rescheduled fifth Test at Edgbaston – was his fifth in 2022 and 28th in his 121 Test career.

Root put on a massive 269-run partnership with Jonny Bairstow (114 not out) to help England chase down a target of 378 runs in 76.4 overs against India.

The charismatic batsman’s stellar performance comes a month after he quit his captaincy after losing the Test series to take on the leadership role of West Indies and teammate Ben Stokes.

“Joe Root is a human,” McCullum said at Sen. WA Breakfast on Sunday. “He’s an incredible player, but he’s also a human being. His ability to hand over the captaincy and then completely immerse himself in the whole environment and give himself to the new captain (Stokes) and the group has been great. Excellent.

“The captain mentioned the other day that we wouldn’t have been in a position where we could really try to improve the English side if it weren’t for the ability to hold the fort for the last five or six years.

“He did a remarkable job and that should never be forgotten. His game is still going to a whole new level,” McCullum said.

“I’ve always had a remarkable soft spot for Kane Williamson, Steve Smith is obviously an absolute gun and you have Virat Kohli too. But gee, it’s hard to go past Joe Root at the moment,” said McCullum.

Root is ranked 12th on the all-time Test run scorers chart with 10,458 runs and an impressive average of 50.76.

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