Half-year apprenticeship for well travelled Joe

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FRESH from a six-month stint in Australia, Sheffield’s Joe Root has landed in Barbados with one goal in mind – cementing his place in Yorkshire’s first team.

Sheffield Collegiate starlet Root, from Dore, spent the off-season down under with the cricket academy of Yorkshire legend Darren Lehmann.

“It was a really enjoyable experience,” Root, aged 20, said before departing for Yorkshire’s tour of the Caribbean. “It was filled with a mixture of excitement and hard work, and I have come out of it with tons of confidence and desire. It’s always a massive learning curve when you go away for so long.

“But the time I spent on the field was so valuable to my game, and I feel much better for it.”

After just ten days back in England, Root joined 15 other Yorkshire players for the 12-day tour – minus Tim Bresnan and Ajmal Shahzad, on World Cup duty with England, and skipper Andrew Gale, Adil Rashid, Jonathan Bairstow and Adam Lyth, who are with the England Lions squad. The Barbados tour itinerary is dominated by limited overs cricket, with a two-day Twenty20 tournament featuring Warwickshire, Essex, Derbyshire and Hampshire.