By Graham Hardcastle

England Test captain Joe Root has hailed the dressing room environment at Yorkshire and admits he can’t wait to get back there next week.

Root is inked in to play two Specsavers County Championship matches before the summer internationals begin against Pakistan next month.

He faces away fixtures against champions Essex and Surrey at Chelmsford and the Kia Oval respectively, the first of which starts a week on Friday.

“They are two big games,” he said, going on to back the White Rose county for success in 2018.

“I always love coming back and playing for Yorkshire.

“I’ve got some really strong mates who I’ve played all the way through with, from being 15-years-old.

“I’ve been lucky enough to have Jonny Bairstow around all the time in the Test side. But, when I come back to Yorkshire, it’s like I’ve never been away. That’s a really nice environment to play in and be a part of.”

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