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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 signs on until 2018

Yorkshire and England cricket international Jonny Bairstow has signed a new three-year contract, which will keep him at Headingley until at least December 2018.

Jonny Bairtsow has signed a new three year contract with Yorkshire CCC Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Bairstow, who is currently on the winter tour of South Africa with England will be hoping to cement his place in the Test side when the first Test gets underway in Durban on Boxing Day, had his best season with the bat accumulating 1108 Championship runs at an average of 92.33.

During the Championship winning campaign, the combative right-hander scored five centuries including a career best of 219 not out against Durham at Chester-le-Street in June.

“I’m delighted to be signing a new contract with Yorkshire.

"We had a tremendous season in Championship cricket lifting the title for a second successive season. It is great to be part of a culture where winning and being successful is at the heart of what drives the team on.

“The players are determined more than ever to ensure that we continue to set the benchmark high.

“It is an exciting time to be part of Yorkshire and England cricket and I look forward to continuing to contribute to the success of both teams.

“From an England point of view, I’m enjoying being part of the national set up and preparing well here in South Africa ahead of the opening Test Match in Durban on Boxing Day.”

– Jonny Bairstow

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket, Martyn Moxon is delighted that the 26-year-old has committed his long-term future to Headingley.

“It is great news that Jonny has signed on. He has been a big part of our success in the last few years. As we all know, he is an extremely talented cricketer.

“He is maturing and is an integral part of what we do. His best years are yet to come. I have great admiration for Jonny and his talents. I hope that he can fulfil his full potential in the coming seasons.

“The next phase for him will be to achieve consistency in his performances with England. He has a great chance in South Africa to fulfil his goals against one of the best seam attacks in the world. We’ll all be watching on hoping he and the other Yorkshire lads succeed.”

– Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire CCC Director of Cricket

Ton-up Root helps put England ahead

Yorkshire & England batting star Joe Root Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire's Joe Root and Lancashire's James Anderson rode roughshod over the record books with the highest 10th-wicket stand in Test history on a surreal fourth morning against India.

The pair batted serenely for the entire opening session as they took their partnership to the dizzy heights of 198, eclipsing the 163 made by Australia's Ashton Agar and Phil Hughes on the same Trent Bridge pitch last year.

Root cantered to his fourth hundred, finishing unbeaten on 156, but Anderson was the revelation as he smashed his own previous highs in Tests (34), first-class (37no) and club cricket (49no).

His 81 was not only his first ever competitive half-century but also the top score by a England number 11, besting John Snow's 59no in 1966.

England's 496 all out represented a lead of 39 - unthinkable when Anderson joined Root at 298 for nine on the third evening.


Bairstow heads home

Jonny Bairstow Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Yorkshire cricketer Jonny Bairstow has returned home early from England's tour of India, for family reasons.

Bairstow, left out of the first Twenty20 International in Pune when England preferred Jos Buttler to keep wicket, subsequently discovered during that match that he was needed at home.

The Yorkshireman will be unavailable for tomorrow's tour-ending final Twenty20 in Mumbai, having flown to England this morning.