Cricket: England's Joe Root confesses to ongoing Ellen DeGeneres sledging

England captain Joe Root and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.
England captain Joe Root and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Photo credit: Getty

England cricket captain Joe Root has revealed he has been sledged throughout his career by comparisons between him and American comedian/television host Ellen DeGeneres.

On Wednesday (NZ time), Root selected five songs on BBC Radio One and told how opposition players have sought to get inside his head through the years, admitting he sees a physical resemblance to DeGeneres.

"I've been called Ellen DeGeneres on a number of occasions over the course of my career," he says. "I think there's a likeness there.

Root chose 'Mardy Bum' by the Arctic Monkeys and 'She Moves In Her Own Way' by the Kooks as his first two 'Mancave Anthems', songs that evoke fond memories from his teenage years.

The 29-year-old then asked for 'The Greatest Show' by Hugh Jackman as a tribute to Ben Stokes, whom Root claims "can go from playing Frozen to hip hop and rap, which can be quite entertaining".

Root then plumped for DNCE's 'Cake By The Ocean', as it was the only song that would stop his then six-month old son from crying, before rounding out the half hour with 'Feeling Good' by Muse.