Two of the world’s best batsmen are set to go head-to-head at Emerald Headingley next year when Joe Root’s England take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in an LV= Insurance Test Match.
The pair, who have shared a dressing room at Yorkshire on numerous occasions in the past, are regarded by many as two of the finest batsmen in the world. Something that the ICC rankings would agree with.
Sheffield-born Root sits top of the list currently having enjoyed a stellar year in the longest form of the game. A total of six Test Match hundreds, 1,455 runs at an average of 66.13 in 2021 represents a remarkable return for the England captain in 2021 who will now be eyeing the next big milestone – 10,000 Test Match runs. With a busy winter ahead including an Ashes series and a tour of the Caribbean, the right-hander will be hoping to continue his rich vein of form and put in yet more match-winning performances for his side.
Second in the ICC’s official rankings with a Test Match average of 53.95, Williamson has all the makings of a modern-day great. An exemplary technique, the Tauranga-born batsmen keeps things simple. Similar to Root, the New Zealand captain plays the ball late, minimising the risks yet accumulates runs at a good rate. In 85 Test Matches to date, the right-hander has scored 7,230 runs including 24 hundreds and 33 fifties.
The series between the sides is sure to be enthralling, with New Zealand the current World Test Champions having beaten India in the final earlier this year and England with a real point to prove on home soil. The subplot will certainly be Root vs Williamson with the duo likely to be key to deciding who claims the series win.
What is for certain is that we are in for some high-quality cricket that is not to be missed! Your best chance of ensuring you’re at Emerald Headingley to watch the encounter is by entering the ticket ballot. Simply click on the below link, fill in the ballot form and improve your chances of being part of a sold out Emerald Headingley crowd in 2022.