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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.

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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Joe Root pens extension

Yorkshire's Joe Root
Yorkshire's Joe Root Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire batsman Joe Root has signed a two-year contract extension, the county have confirmed.

The Sheffield born star, who is now a regular in the England team, will now remain in his home county until at least December 2016.

Gale plans to restore Root to head of innings

Yorkshire captain Andrew Gale intends to restore Joe Root to the head of the innings this summer after claiming England denied him a "fair run" as an opener.

Andrew Gale Credit: Press Association

Root has batted at every position in the top seven during his 15 games as a Test player, but has spent the majority of his county career as an opener.

He took that role during last summer's home Ashes but was moved to six and then three in the return series this winter, before being surprisingly dropped for the final match of the 5-0 whitewash.

Root will join the majority of his England colleagues in returning to county cricket early next season and Gale has promised to let him make his case against the new ball.

Joe Root Credit: Press Association

Yorkshire will be better served than most by the likely availability of England players at the start of the 2014 campaign, with Root, Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan all looking to put their winter experiences behind them.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire director of cricket Martyn Moxon does not appear to be in the race to replace Andy Flower as boss of the national side.

Moxon is one of the best respected coaches on the domestic circuit and had been touted as a possible candidate as England's new team director, but is content with the White Rose.

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Cricket star Root pays tributes to parents

Yorkshire's Joe Root is expected to be named in England's starting 11 for their second test against New Zealand.

The 22 year old from Sheffield joined his England teammates at Headingley today for a practise session and paid tribute to his parents Matt and Helen, who'll be there at the game which starts on Friday.

And we'll more from Joe and his mum and dad on Calendar and this website tomorrow.

Joe Root is Yorkshire's newest cricketing sensation

It has been quite a couple of weeks for Yorkshire's 21-year-old batsman Joe Root.

Not only did he help his county to promotion back to the first division of the county championship, but he was also named Young Cricketer of the Year by both the cricket writers and the Professional Cricketers Association.

Then, last Tuesday came the call that he had been selected to represent England on their winter tour of India. Chris Dawkes has been speaking to Yorkshire's new cricketing sensation.

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