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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.

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