The first day of the England Ashes tour to New Zealand was greeted by a banner reading “Bam Bam Bams” on a stage outside Lord’s.
But a lot of the attention was focused on the man in the yellow and black shirt – a man who’s never really made a big impression on the cricket world, who’s always been overshadowed by the likes of Phil Hughes, Michael Vaughan, Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson.
The man who played for Australia and England.
The first of many stories about the man who has always looked a little bit like the one on the poster.
The “bam” in his name is the nickname he has picked up in the lead-up to the 2014 Ashes tour.
“I didn’t know what it was before,” he said.
“When you come out for a game, people think you’re wearing a hat.
But I was like, ‘No, I’m wearing a helmet’.
I wanted to wear it to represent the players, and the fans.”
He said the nickname stuck with him for a long time.
“It’s very, very long, and I’m not a big fan of being labelled with any nickname, it’s just too bad it’s such a bad word.”
A new name is what finally got his attention, as the man on the tee with the “bombs” was Joe Root.
“They were calling me a bomb.
But at the time, I thought they were joking,” Root said.
Root has been wearing a “bomb” helmet for the last seven years, having played for both Australia and New Zealand.
He started playing for Australia in 2013 and played for England in 2015.
The nickname stuck.
Root is now the only England player to wear a bomb helmet for an entire tour.
He played in England’s historic first Test at Lord’s in 2007, where he played his 100th Test.
He said it was a “big honour” to be named captain of England for the first time in his career.
Root was also the first England player not to wear his helmet at the Test against South Africa in the 2010 Ashes series.
Root, who will be 32 in July, is an avid cricket fan.
He has watched Test matches and tournaments, particularly Test cricket.
But Root is more than just a cricket fan; he is also a mentor and a role model for young kids.
“He has been a big influence on me,” said 14-year-old Jacob “Jackie” Lacey.
“At school he was always talking about the Test series.
You have to keep going. “
One of the things I learned when I was younger is you can’t give up on yourself.
You have to keep going.
He’s helped me a huge amount with that.”
Lacey played for Root and was a key member of Root’s batting and bowling teams during the 2014-15 Ashes series in New Zealand, where England finished second in their group and won the match.
Root said his team’s success is something he’s proud of.
“Everyone’s trying to get their team back in the Ashes.
That’s something we all strive for,” he explained.
“You always want to be the best team, but you always have to work for it.”
But what happens when you’re not the best?
“When it’s not working, you just want to give it another try,” he continued.
I’ve got a good run in me and I want to do the best for them.” “
That’s why I’m here, for the sake of my family and my mates, and hopefully the ones in New South Wales and Australia.
I’ve got a good run in me and I want to do the best for them.”
“It was always going to be a difficult challenge for me because I was only a kid, so I was always thinking about that.
It’s the same with my kids. “
But I didn’t think I’d have to be second when I got back from my tour to South Africa.
It’s the same with my kids.
They were always going for that title.”
Root’s teammates at the All Blacks camp in Australia, where they won the 2014 Rugby World Cup, are all proud of him.
“Jack was always very vocal about his work ethic,” said New Zealand captain Ma’a Nonu.
“In the camp, he would always talk about how hard he worked to get back to that level.
He was always saying that he would do anything to get there.”
Root has also been part of the New Zealand team since 2012.
He says his team-mates are very proud of his success.
“Everybody is very proud and very happy for me,” he told Triple M. “Every single day I’m able to play the way I play, and everyone is really proud of me for doing that.”
Root also said he’s glad to have a team of like-minded people around him, who are not necessarily on the same page with him.
He added that