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Yorkshire pair Root and Bairstow included in England test squad

Root (L) and Bairstow have both been in fine form Credit: PA

Yorkshire's Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow have been included in England's squad for the 1st Test against Sri Lanka, which starts at their home ground Headingley a week today.

Root and Bairstow are in prime form. Earlier this week they shared in a record fourth wicket partnership of 372 as Yorkshire beat Surrey at Headingley.

But there's no place in the 12 man squad for Adil Rashid, Gary Ballance or Liam Plunkett.


Bairstow named among top five cricketers in the world

Yorkshire and England cricket international Jonny Bairstow has been chosen among Wisden's top five Cricketers of the Year.

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He features in the list alongside fellow 2015 Ashes-winners Ben Stokes.

The Bradford-born wicketkeeper-batsman's prolific run of form for Yorkshire helped win him back his Test place last summer and bring a second successive County Championship to Headingley.

Both Bairstow and Stokes played a key part in England's thrilling 3-2 Ashes victory, and further enhanced their standing through a winter in which their record partnership of 399 against South Africa in Cape Town featured the Yorkshireman's maiden Test century and an astonishing display of sustained hitting as the Durham all-rounder racked up 258.

New Zealanders Brendon McCullum, Kane Williamson and new Australia captain Steve Smith are also in the top five.

Boycott's bid to rejoin Yorkshire CCC board rejected

Geoffrey Boycott's hopes of rejoining Yorkshire's board have been dashed after his candidacy was rejected by the county's members at the annual general meeting on Saturday.

Geoffrey Boycott Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The high-profile former White Rose captain and president's decision to stand for election, after receiving the 30 nominations needed to be put forward, was openly opposed by the hierarchy.

Members' committee chief Stephen Mann claimed earlier this month that "members aren't in favour of Geoffrey". And that was borne out despite a close postal vote as Boycott received 602 votes in favour of his return and 758 against.<

With Yorkshire winning back-to-back County Championship titles, there were fears Boycott would attempt to interfere with on-field matters should he be elected back onto the board.

However, the 75-year-old stated his desire to return was to help with the club's finances, as their debt currently exceeds £20million.

While the three other candidates - Mark Arthur, Robin Smith and Sir Gary Verity - were welcomed onto the board, Boycott's nomination reflected a divide in the club.

Read: Vaughan urges Boycott to 'back down' in Yorkshire CCC board bid

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