Joe Root announced himself on the International scene with a sublime innings of 180 at Lords in the successful Ashes summer last year and, although he has
experienced some highs and lows in the past 12 months, he is still regarded as
a fixture in the England squad.
Now Root has extended his stay with his home county Yorkshire until the end of 2016 in a bid to win domestic silverware to add to the personal accolades he has already gained.
Currently Root is recovering from a broken thumb which ruled him out of the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Yorkshire are renowned for unearthing huge talents who have gone on to grace the
International stage and Root is certainly a player who falls into this category. Already he has proven what he can do as a batsman and could develop into a very useful slow bowler during his career.
All he needs now is to consistently play for England and gain the experience that should help his career flourish. He will look to make his Yorkshire comeback on April 27th against Middlesex in the County Championship.
Both England and Yorkshire will be eagerly awaiting this return.
Does Root have the attributes to one day become captain of his country? At 23 years
old he has already played 15 Test matches and looks to be a very mature individual. He seems to fit the mould of an England captain.
Certainly these are exciting times at Yorkshire as they look to go one better than last
season when they finished as runners-up to Division One County Champions Durham. Yorkshire's strong Academy set-up and large pool of talent ensures a conveyor belt of youngsters progressing through into the County scene.
This will be in evidence once again this season, aided by a number of England prospects who are looking to stake a claim for the vacant England places on
offer this summer.
The likes of Gary Ballance, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan will hope that they can
be impressive enough for Yorkshire in the early part of the season so that they
can catch the National selectors eye. Each player will have a point to prove after collectively being part of a disastrous winter for England.
Yorkshire have also signed the explosive Australian batsman Aaron Finch who will arrive at Headingley for their T20 campaign in May, sharing the overseas duties with
New Zealand's Kane Williamson.
Yorkshire's first team coach Jason Gillespie and club Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon will be looking for silverware to complement the talent that they have on show. They
will certainly be in contention on more than one front as they look to build on
their success over the last two seasons.
Hopefully the loyal Yorkshire followers will be rewarded for their passionate support of their team.
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