JOE ROOT is hoping his appointment as England’s new Test captain can inspire the next generation of Yorkshire cricketers.
Root was named as Alastair Cook’s replacement on Monday, becoming England’s 80th Test leader and the seventh to be born within the White Rose county.
The 26-year-old’s path to the top of the game is an inspiring one having earned a scholarship with Yorkshire at 13 before moving through the junior and senior ranks and then onto the international arena.
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His tale is not quite one of rags to riches, but it certainly shows just what can be achieved by youngsters who work hard to achieve their dreams.
“Hopefully this can inspire young kids to get into the game from Yorkshire and progress their cricket,” he said.
“Any opportunity for us as players to do that, we should grasp.
“If we can inspire people to take up the game or to really develop their skills and want to become better players and further their games, we should always encourage that.”
JONNY BAIRSTOW has put his name forward for Monday’s Indian Premier League auction.
Bairstow is hoping to play for approximately a month in this year’s competition, which starts on April 5.
He will be up for auction at a base price of £175,000 alongside England team-mates such as Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales and Jason Roy.
If selected, Bairstow would miss Yorkshire’s first three County Championship matches and the start of the Royal London one-day Cup.
Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “It’s Jonny’s decision to want to go.
“Obviously, he’s a centrally contracted England player, and he’s spoken to their management, who are happy for him to go.
“From our point of view, we’d prefer him to be playing for us early season. But, as a centrally contracted player, there’s not much we can do about that.
“I fully understand Jonny’s reasons for wanting to try and play in the IPL, and they are not financial. It’s about him wanting to put his name forward for that format of the game.
“He’s not played a lot of that recently. He’s not played a lot for us or for England.”
MATTHEW FISHER will return home from India this weekend before Yorkshire’s medical team assesses his groin injury early next week.
The 19-year-old seamer was ruled out last weekend having picked up his injury during the one-day series.
It is not thought to be a bad injury for a teenager who missed all of last season having been beset by hamstring problems.
“Kunwar (Bansil, Yorkshire’s physio) will see him on Monday, but we expect him to be able to go with us on the pre-season trip (to Dubai in mid-March),” said Moxon.
“It’s just a case of when he’s going to be able to start playing on that trip. That’s the unknown at this stage.”
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