Kane Williamson vs Joe Root
The current generation of world cricket is dominated by the “Fab Four” or the “Best Four”. These four players are Indian captain Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, England’s Test captain Joe Root and New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson. These four are single-handedly capable of turning games on their head. They can make into any team in the world, whether it is a real team or a dream11 team. The of these fab four, Kane Williamson and Joe Root, will be in action in the upcoming series between New Zealand and England. New Zealand vs England schedule consists of two Test matches and five Twenty20 International matches. The debate of who is the best between these players has no clear answers. Both of them have showcased their brilliance on numerous occasions.
Average in Test
In Test matches, Kane Williamson has scored 6163 runs with an average of 52.22. Whereas the English Test skipper has scored 7043 runs in 86 matches at an average of 47.91.
Average in Even Innings
When considering the second and fourth innings of a Test match, Joe Root has an overall average of 44.62 compared to Williamson’s staggering 65.81.
Average in Odd Innings
In the first and third innings of a Test match, Kane Williamson seems to be edged past by Joe Root with Root having an overall average of 48.36 compared to Kane’s 43.12
Inning per century Ratio (Home)
Kane Williamson has scored 9 centuries in 56 innings at the Kiwi soil with an inning per century ratio of 6.22. In comparison, Joe Root has scored 11 centuries in 86 innings with an average of 7.82. As it is evident from these numbers, both the batsmen do well on their home soil.
Inning per century Ratio (Away)
Kane Williamson has performed almost equally well away from home with an inning per century ratio of 6.72, scoring 11 centuries in 74 innings. Joe Root lags by quite a margin here with a ratio of 14.6 with just 5 centuries on foreign soil in 73 innings.
Test performance conclusion
Going by just numbers it is quite evident that Kane Williamson has an upper hand on Joe Root when it comes to batting in Test matches.
Average in ODI
Coming to the ODIs, Williamson has scored 6132 runs with an average of 47.9 whereas Joe Root has scored 5856 runs with a better average of 51.36
Average in Batting First
When it comes to batting in the first innings, Joe Root has an average 50.59 which is around 3 points higher than Williamson’s 47.92.
Average while Chasing
Just like the previous two statistics, here also Joe Root lead Kane Williamson with the former having an average of 53 compared to the latter’s 47.88.
Innings per Century (Home)
Kane Williamson has made four tons on his home soil in 71 matches thus having an average of 17.75. On the other hand, Joe Root has an amazing average of 8.75, scoring 8 centuries in 70 innings on the home soil.
Innings per Century (Away)
Root has 8 centuries on foreign soil in 65 innings, thus having an average of 8.12. Kane Williamson leads here by a small margin having scored 9 centuries in 71 innings with an average of 7.88
ODI performance conclusion
It is quite evident from the statistics that Joe Root is a tad bit better than Kane Williamson than Joe Root.
All in all, the numbers don’t do justice to the class and ability of these two players. There is no one method to know who is better than whom. It is a joy for their fans and the cricket lovers to see two such high ability batsmen play during the same era of cricket.