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English cricket's brightest young thing Joe Root is hoping to become the third Root in a matter of days to play at Lord's.

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Yorkshire edge towards first title in over a decade

After qualifying for the quarter finals of the Royal London One Day Cup with victory yesterday against Derbyshire at Scarborough, Yorkshire will turn their attentions back to the race for the County Championship crown.

They take on Sussex in Scarborough and a win would see them edge a little closer to their first Championship title since 2001.

John Shires reports:

Yorkshire bowler sacked for 'unprofessional actions'

Yorkshire bowler Oliver Robinson has had his contract cancelled by the LV= County Championship leaders due to "a number of unprofessional actions".

The 20-year-old paceman is yet to make his first-class debut but did feature seven times in this season's Natwest T20 Blast, taking six wickets with an economy rate of 9.52.

"The Yorkshire County Cricket Club have today announced that Oliver Robinson's contract has been terminated with immediate effect due to a number of unprofessional actions," read a statement on the county's website.

"No further comment will be made by the club."


Yorkshire Vikings beat Lancashire Lightning

Yorkshire Vikings have won the Rose T20 blast game tonight at Old Trafford by five wickets.

Lancashire Lightning set a target of 179. Yorkshire's win was controversial after they were awarded a six run penalty because Lancashire were bowling too slowly.

They reached the target with three balls to spare with Richard Pyrah hitting a mighty six.


England pair set for Yorkshire return

England duo Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow are set to make their Yorkshire comebacks after being named in the squad for Sunday's LV= County Championship match at Durham.

The pair replace two fellow internationals, with Gary Ballance and Joe Root both dropping out having been selected for England's training camp and one-day international against Scotland next week.

Bresnan came through a second XI clash with Lancashire in good shape last week, while Bairstow has been passed fit having recovered from a broken finger.

Both players will harbour hopes of impressing England's new selection panel, having missed out on the chance to impress new head coach Peter Moores in Aberdeen.

No comeback for Root

England batsman Joe Root had to be be satisfied with fielding practice as he made his comeback from injury in Yorkshire seconds' three-day friendly against Lancashire at Northop Hall in North Wales.

Joe Root Credit: Press Association

The 23-year-old broke his thumb batting against West Indies in England's ODI series victory in Antigua seven weeks ago and was forced to miss the ICC World Twenty20.

Yorkshire put Lancashire into bat after winning the toss and the home side reached 201 for two by the close of a rain-hit opening day, with Root not called on to bowl.

Yorkshire cricket season preview

Yorkshire's new season starts in earnest on Sunday, with their opening County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton.

Last summer was their first back in the top flight and they did well to finish second behind champions Durham, and despite the setback of losing England's Jonny Bairstow for the opening month after he broke a finger this week, many are tipping them to go one better this year.

Our sports correspondent John Shires assesses their prospects.

Root among Wisden's Cricketers of the Year

Joe Root has been named as one of Wisden's Five Cricketers of the Year.

Joe Root named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year
Joe Root named one of Wisden's five Cricketers of the Year Credit: Press Association

Root's award comes little more than 16 months after his international debut and follows not just an outstanding Ashes summer for him and England but a winter in which neither player nor team excelled in the slightest on the way to a 5-0 whitewash down under.

The established prime criterion for nominations is impact on the preceding English summer rather than any subsequent events.

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