Joe Root first wore the White Rose in the summer of 2002 when he was knee high to a grasshopper and has since graduated through the county’s age-group and its famed Academy to reach the very top of the game, captaining England’s Test team for almost three and a half years.

Now, though, despite all he has done in the international game, he admits he still gets the same buzz representing Yorkshire as he did all those years ago.

“I always will,” he said when reflecting on his formative days as a county player. “Playing for Yorkshire, I’ve done it from 11 years old when I played my first representative cricket, and I’ve still got that cap at home now.

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