Cricket: Boycott and Vaughan back Root

Joe Root, centre, with captain Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow at Lord's
Joe Root, centre, with captain Alastair Cook and Jonny Bairstow at Lord's
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Geoffrey Boycott isn’t slow at coming forward when there is a promising young cricket talent to espouse. Particularly when that youngster is from Yorkshire!

For a while now, the current Yorkshire CCC President and one-time batting legend for county and country, has been vocal in his belief that Joe Root is a Test star in the making.

The blossoming 22-year-old from Sheffield has given neither Boycott, nor anyone else, little reason to doubt his encouraging words since emerging onto the Test scene with an assured 83 in Nagpur against India late last year.

Now, Michael Vaughan has chipped in ahead of the summer’s Test series, which starts today against New Zealand at Lord’s, by tipping Root to be a future England captain.

Rather in keeping with the rest of the batting line-up side, Root didn’t have a scintillating time in New Zealand this winter but his start to this season has been little short of phenonemal.

A matchwinning 182 against Durham for Yorkshire was followed by 236 in the victory over Derbyshire.

Then, captaining England Lions last week, he rattled up 179 and in the process got a handy look at the New Zealand attack he’ll be destined to face at Lord’s during the next five days.

“This kid’s good and he’s no flash in the pan, he’s going to become an England mainstay,” said Boycott.

Vaughan, speaking on the BBC where he is part of the Test Match Special commentary team, says he will captain his country one day - thus following in the footsteps of the 2005 Ashes winning skipper who also played at Sheffield Collegiate like Root.

“He’s full of talent and has the right attitude,” said Vaughan whilst adding that the player himself will have to be patient and warned about the pressure and the expectation that will come with all the recent success and publicity.

The Root family, including dad Matt and mum Helen, will be at Lord’s for what is Joe’s first Test appearance in this country when he walks out at Lord’s for the opening Test of the two match series against the Black Caps who proved especially stubborn opposition in their home country where England were fortunate to draw the three-match series.

Root, who opens for Yorkshire and batted at No 3 for the Lions, is likely to bat at No 5 for England with Yorkshire colleague Jonny Bairstow one place lower.

The final place in the side is between Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann.