Last Sunday saw Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas win the 2018 BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award. Another year and another cyclist and Thomas is already joint favourite to win the award again next year. But it’s a big year for cricket and Joe Root looks a great price at 12/1 with SkyBet.
A cricketer hasn’t won the award since Freddie Flintoff won in 2005 after his exploits in the Ashes and the bar afterwards. This year saw James Anderson nominated after breaking the record for the most test wickets taken by a fast bowler
Big Year for Cricket
2019 sees England staging the cricket World Cup and then later in the summer, attempt to regain the Ashes from Australia. Both events should give Joe Root the chance to shine.
Root won’t be captaining the England ODI team that are favourites to win their first ever World Cup, but he will be a leading player. A few big innings wouldn’t hurt his chances of winning the award one little bit.
He will be in charge of the England test team that will try to beat the Australian tourists. Recent history has seen England get hammered down under but then beat them in English conditions. The Australian side is undergoing major changes at present all without a piece of sandpaper in sight.
England Bid to Regain Ashes
England and Joe Root showed good form in Sri Lanka recently. The Ashes series always seems to capture the imagination of the public and 2019 should be no exception to that rule. Joe Root as captain will receive plenty of attention and while England’s top batting order often has its problems, he remains a top-class batsman who can win games for his team.
12/1 at SkyBet on him becoming BBC Sports Personality of the Year could well prove to be a good investment.
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