Every great story has a subplot. This week, Yorkshire v Glamorgan, sees the opening chapter of the White Rose’s bid for LV= Insurance County Championship glory. The subplot? Joe Root versus his younger brother Billy.
Of course, this isn’t something new at professional level. The two brothers from Sheffield met in a one-day Cup clash at Trent Bridge when batsman Billy was a Nottinghamshire player.
On that occasion, Yorkshire came out on top, with Joe hitting an unbeaten 75 in pursuit of a 186 target. He even hit Billy’s off-spin for six.
But this will be the first time they have faced each other in first-class cricket, assuming 28-year-old Billy takes his place, as expected in the Glamorgan side at Emerald Headingley on Thursday morning (11am).