Cricket: Billy Root in line for County Championship debut with Notts

Billy Root broke the Yorkshire League record with 218 not out against Doncaster Town earlier this year
Billy Root broke the Yorkshire League record with 218 not out against Doncaster Town earlier this year
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Sheffield Collegiate's Billy Root is in line to make his County Championship debut tomorrow.

The batsman has been included in Nottinghamshire's 14-man squad for their clash against Hampshire (10.30am start), alongside England bowler Stuart Broad.

The 23-year-old, on the back of an impressive season for Collegiate and Leeds/Bradford MCCU, has scored 562 Championship runs for Notts' second XI in 2015, with two hundreds at an average of 56.

Significantly, he became the first player ever to score 1,000 runs for an MCC University side.

Root, formerly of Yorkshire and the MCC, has been called up with both Alex Hales and James Taylor absent, ahead of their England commitments in the UAE this winter, as Notts look to secure second place in the Division One table - behind Yorkshire.

“It’s a great honour to be named in the squad. Of course there’s a bit of nerves and a lot of excitement,” said Root.

“It’s nice to know that the staff have that faith in me to put me in the squad and it’ll be good to see how these players go about their business as well.

“Hopefully this’ll be the start of another stepping stone on to bigger and better things again.”

Notts are 12 points behind Middlesex in second, while Hampshire are hoping to avoid relegation.

"I’d prefer to be playing in this kind of situation, where both teams have something to play for than if it was a dead rubber match between two mid-table sides,” Root added.

Billy topped the batting and bowling rankings for Sheffield Collegiate this season

Billy topped the batting and bowling rankings for Sheffield Collegiate this season

“I’ll have a look at Hampshire’s bowlers but try not to change my game too much, and keep it simple.

“That’s what I’ve applied to every game this summer and I’ve been successful with it. I’m just going to see how it goes and watch the ball.”

Young off-spinner Matthew Carter and opening batsman Jake Libby are also in the squad, and Notts assistant manager Wayne Noon said: “You saw with Jake Libby last year it can work throwing the young lads in to pressure situations as he faced Chris Jordan and Steve Magoffin, two of the best bowlers in the league.

“Both Jake and Billy have deserved their call from the volume of runs they have scored this season and it is nice to throw them into a game that still has something riding on it. It will let us see how they react.

Billy pictured with brother Joe, on duty as England's 12th Man at Lord's

Billy pictured with brother Joe, on duty as England's 12th Man at Lord's

“The pair are likely to face two international bowlers in Fidel Edwards and Ryan McLaren so it will be a huge challenge for them.”