England’s new men’s Test vice-captain and women’s captain received their awards at a Lord’s dinner on Monday evening, backed by team sponsors Waitrose.
Root won most votes from the cricket media – ahead of James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Gary Ballance – after 12 months in which he has made more than 1,100 Test runs at an average of almost 95.
He has also hit three one-day international hundreds in that time.
The Yorkshire batsman’s only regret is that his runs have not helped England to more overall success, in a period which has seen them win just one of three Test series and make an early exit from last winter’s World Cup.
He said: “It’s a nice thing to achieve, and I hope it’s the start of what could be another good year.
“It would have been good, a lot nicer, to win it in a year where we have done really well.
“I think, even though the results haven’t gone well, there have been a lot of really good individual performances through the whole team.
“I hope we can put those all together now.”
Edwards was also presented at the dinner in the Long Room with a silver England cap by England and Wales Cricket Board director of women’s cricket Clare Connor, to mark her 200th international match against New Zealand three months ago.
She has had a remarkable year, winning the women’s award for the second successive time after averaging more than 75 in ODIs and almost 60 in Twenty20 internationals.
Under her captaincy, England secured four limited-overs series wins.
The England development programme cricketer of the year award was won by Lancashire’s under-19s seamer Saqib Mahmood, and batsman Luke Sugg was named disability cricketer of the year.
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said: “These awards once again highlight the sheer breadth of individual talent across our different England teams, and there was fierce competition for the trophies in all four categories.”