After the rain which blighted the limited overs series last month, it was no surprise to see England’s Test preparation disrupted as well.
They were due to play two separate two-day games this week, the latter finishing earlier today. However, the opening day was washed out.
But, thankfully, they were able to get two full days in on Tuesday and Wednesday, with England replying to 392-9 with 365-7. Both sides faced 90 overs.
Adil Rashid claimed 1-82 from 19 overs before captain Root hit 13 fours in 100 off 117 balls before retiring to give others time at the crease.
Jonny Bairstow remains on the sidelines as he recovers from an ankle injury. Jos Buttler would take the gloves if the Yorkshire star does not recover in time for Tuesday in Galle.
Earlier today, England played a one-day when both sides batted for 50 overs. England made 210-6 and the hosts 200-7.
Root bowled one over, took two catches but did not bat. Rashid was not involved.
The ECB have announced changes to the structure of the county game, the knock on effects of which impact on next year’s County Championship.
The Championship will feature a 10-team Division One from 2020, with only one team being relegated next year and three going up from Division Two.
Eight teams will play in Division Two from the summer after next, meaning a reversal of the current make up of the two divisions.
From 2020, promotion and relegation will be two up, two down.
The one-day Cup will be played alongside the ECB’s new ‘Hundred’ competition, although overseas players will not be permitted.
There will also be a warm-up match when all counties will travel to face a minor county.
The T20 Blast will retain its current format.
Josh Poysden says he will go into pre-season training with Yorkshire later this month with a spring in his step after an encouraging three days in Abu Dhabi recently.
The former Warwickshire leg-spinner, a new signing at Emerald Headingley, was one of the positives from the White Rose’s involvement in the Abu Dhabi T20 competition in early October.
Poysden claimed three wickets and impressed against eventual champions Lahore and Hobart.
Yorkshire return to training during the final week of November.
“From a personal point of view, it was really pleasing,” said Poysden, who has recently returned from holiday in Mexico.
“I went away from that thinking ‘Right, I’ve put in a couple of good performances in a Yorkshire shirt, it’s something to build on’. I just wanted to show the fans and my team-mates what I can do, even though it was just a glimpse.
“I’ll go into the winter, working my nuts off as I always do. Hopefully when it comes to the summer, I can show even more.”
Yorkshire legend Ryan Sidebottom says he is “massively” out of his comfort zone after signing up to take part in ITV’s Dancing on Ice programme in the New Year.
The five-time County Championship winner, who retired in 2017 having won the title three times with Yorkshire, spent last summer as Surrey’s bowling coach.
Sidebottom has started training ahead of the programme, which begins in January.
The 40-year-old said: “I’m immensely excited.
“It’s obviously something totally different, massively out of my comfort zone.
“I’m just going to enjoy the ride, I don’t take myself too seriously. I’m going to embrace it, enjoy it, and have a laugh and a giggle along the way.”
Former Yorkshire captain and coach Craig White has left his job at Hampshire.
White announced his resignation from his role of head coach, which he held since November 2016. He has been on the coaching staff at the Ageas Bowl since 2012.
He led Hampshire to their first trophy in six years when they won the Royal London one-day Cup this summer, beating the White Rose in the semi-final.
“Whilst it’s certainly been a tough decision and one that hasn’t been made lightly, spending long periods of time away from my family has become more and more difficult,” he explained earlier this week.
“I feel that now is the right time to return to be with them on a more permanent basis.”
White’s family are still Yorkshire based.
Aaron Finch has been announced as Australia’s new ODI captain, replacing Tim Paine.
The powerful opener, who scored 747 runs with one hundred across all formats as a Yorkshire overseas in 2014 and 2015, will lead his country into their forthcoming home series with South Africa, starting on Sunday.
Finch is already Australia’s T20 captain and has just broken into their Test team.
The 31-year-old now looks set to captain at the World Cup in England next year.
He will also hope to help the Aussies move on from their ball tampering saga, which brought about a review into the culture of Cricket Australia. The results were announced earlier this week and forced the resignation of chairman David Peever.