Joe Root is living the dream with England but the Yorkshire youngster admits playing a Test on his home ground this week will be extra special.
The latest instalment of the 22-year-old’s stellar start to life as an international comes at Headingley when England conclude their two-Test series against New Zealand.
Now, in his sixth Test, he has the opportunity to show what he can do in more familiar surroundings.
‘It’s my home ground, I’ve grown up watching cricket and playing here,’ Root said of Headingley.
“I remember coming to a Test match here when I was quite young and Sachin Tendulkar was playing against England. I just remember it being a really enjoyable experience.
“In the County Championship, I’d watch people like Darren Lehmann, Anthony McGrath, Jacques Rudolph – great players who I’ve always looked up to.
“So to get the opportunity to play here in an international game is very exciting. You watch the game and as a kid your dream is to play for England and be a part of all that.
“It’s something that spurs you on and I just want to keep living my dream, really, and making the most of it.”
England are set to field the team that took a 1-0 lead in the series at Lord’s on Sunday, which means the third Yorkshireman in the squad, Tim Bresnan might miss out for the seond game in succession. But New Zealand have been forced into making changes.
Their captain, Brendon McCullum, will also keep wicket after B J Watling was ruled out following nets. Watling injured a knee in diving for a run-out chance at Lord’s.
The former captain Daniel Vettori seems certain to play as a replacement for his injured fellow left-arm spinner Bruce Martin, who has left the tour because of a calf strain.
Vettori may not have played a Test since July but the tourists now need every bit of the experience 112 Tests have given him.
For each day of the Test Match, the ticket office at Headingley, located in the Yorkshire Cricket Centre on St Michael’s Lane, will be open from 8am.