Cricket - County

Root and Compton land awards

Two batsmen pushing for a place on England's winter tours are the winners of the 2012 Cricket Writers' Club Awards.

Root and Compton land - Cricket - CountyPA Sport

Yorkshire's Joe Root, backed by many as the next long-term replacement in retired Test captain Andrew Strauss's position at the top of the England batting order, has won the CWC's Young Cricketer of the Year award.

The inaugural County Championship Cricketer of the Year, sponsored by William Hill, is Somerset's Nick Compton.

Both 21-year-old Root and Compton, 29, are already England Lions batsmen and both conceivably in the reckoning for promotion to the Test squad - which is set to be announced on Tuesday for the tour of India.

Root scored 746 runs in 15 first-class matches this summer, including a best of 222 not out in Yorkshire's promotion campaign from Division Two of the LV= County Championship as well as a century for the Lions against West Indies at Northampton.

Compton was within a whisker of becoming the first batsman in almost a quarter-of-a-century to pass 1,000 first-class runs before the end of May.

He scored 1,191 runs in championship fixtures at an average of more than 99 - with four hundreds, seven 50s and a best of 204 not out.

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