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Yorkshire's Root named cricketer of the year

Yorkshire's Joe Root has tonight been named England's player of the year.

Yorkshire's Joe Root scored more than 1,100 runs at an average of almost 95 Credit: Press Association

The Sheffield born batsman, who last week was named the Test vice captain, took the award ahead of James Anderson, Moeen Ali and Yorkshire team mate Gary Ballance after 12 months in which he scored more than 1,100 runs at an average of almost 95.

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.

– Joe Root

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Moxon hopes Gillespie will remain with Yorkshire despite England interest

Jason Gillespie Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire's director of cricket Martyn Moxon says the club have yet to hear from England on whether they'll be making an approach for Jason Gillespie to fill their vacant head coach's role.

New England Director of Cricket Andrew Strauss confirmed that Gillespie was being considered for the England role.

However, Moxon is hoping that Gillespie will stay with Yorkshire because he has "unfinished business" at the club:

Private jet for Yorkshire trio to return for county tie

County champions Yorkshire have chartered a private jet to fly three of their players back to Headingley after international duty in order to boost their depleted squad.

The trio will return to Headingley for the Hampshire game on Sunday Credit: Press Association

The Tykes have done without six front-line players so far this season owing to Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow, Adam Lyth, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Joe Root being with England's Test side in the West Indies.

Ballance and Root were the only ones to play a minute of the three-match series and are being rested by England this weekend, but Bairstow, Rashid and Tim Bresnan are in line to face Ireland in a one-day international in Dublin on Friday.

With Lyth and Plunkett back in their ranks, Yorkshire are keen to have as strong a side as possible to face Hampshire on Sunday and have arranged for their trio of players to travel separately to the rest of the England squad.

Hampshire's James Vince will also travel to Leeds with the group.

Yorkshire chief executive Mark Arthur said: "It is unprecedented times. We have had six players away for three Championship matches and then England come back from the Caribbean and have arranged a one-day game in Ireland where we have three of our players called up for this one-off game.

"If we would have stuck to the scheduled flights they would have returned to Birmingham on Saturday afternoon and in our opinion that is no way to prepare for a very important LV= County Championship (match) on Sunday at Headingley.

"Martyn Moxon (director of cricket), in particular, was very upset how long it would take these guys to get back. The timing is difficult for all parties concerned with this one-off match taking place in Ireland.

"We fully understand the difficulties the ECB face and they fully support this. They have made allowances for the lads to travel back separately."

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