Cricket: Root must open says Yorkshire captain

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Joe Root will open for Yorkshire at the start of next season with his county captain Andrew Gale expressing dismay how the Sheffield batsman has been moved around the England top order.

Root has batted at every position in the top seven during his 15 Tests.

“For me, Joe is an opening batter and I don’t think he’s been given a fair run in the England side opening the batting,” said Gale.

“Rooty’s had success playing for Yorkshire since he was a 13-year-old opening the batting. That’s where he bats for Yorkshire and, for me, that’s where he should bat for England.”

Root and fellow England players Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan will all be back in action for Yorkshire’s opening five County Championship games next season and, like the rest of the England squad, will have to show they are in good, early season form before the selectors get round to an England squad for next Summer.

“There’s going to be a lot of places up for grabs now in the England side and those guys have got a point to prove really,” added Gale.

“They’re all young enough in that whatever happened this winter they’ll be better off for the experience. They’re not the sort of guys who’ll go into their shells.

Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon - who has ruled himself out of the race to replace England coach Andy Flower - has welcomed the capture of T20 specialist Aaron Finch.

The Aussie opener, one of the top three T20 batsmen in the world, makes his T20 debut against Northants on May 16 and will play in all the other formats.

“It’s a real pleasure to get him, he’s one of the finest attacking batsmen in the world,” said Moxon.

Finch, 27, hit the highest ever T20 score of 156 v England last August.