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Root to bat at three in Yorkshire return

20th April 2017, 17:54 by Simon Barlow

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will return to the Yorkshire line-up against Hampshire with the England skipper set to bat at three.

Root was not made available for the first two rounds of the County Championship programme by the England and Wales Cricket Board - and neither was Yorkshire wicketkeeper Bairstow.

Both players missed the White Rose's defeat to Hampshire in their Division One opener earlier this month.

But their return for the trip to the Ageas Bowl was warmly received by coach Andrew Gale, whose 13-strong squad includes eight men who have played at international level.

Gale confirmed Root will be number three in the batting line-up, despite reports the 26-year-old would prefer to bat a place lower in Tests.

Gale told the club's official website: "To have two guys like that, world-class players right on top of their game, it's going to strengthen us no doubt.

"We have one of the best number threes in the world available, so I'd doubt Peter Handscomb will bat there. He'll come in down the order I'd imagine, and that's a good place to be in as a team."

Bairstow will take the gloves against Hampshire, who chased down 320 to triumph at Headingley earlier this month to hand Gary Ballance defeat in his first game as Yorkshire skipper.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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