Joe gets a call from the Lions

Lion call: Joe Root has been named in the England Lions squad.  Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.
Lion call: Joe Root has been named in the England Lions squad. Picture: Gareth Copley/PA Wire.
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SHEFFIELD’S Joe Root has continued his meteoric rise with selection for the England Lions.

The 20-year-old opening batsman only forced his way into Yorkshire’s County Championship side this season but has impressed good judges within the game.

He has been selected in the 12 man squad for the Lions, effectively England A, for the game against Sri Lanka A at Scarborough next Tuesday.

When available, Joe plays his club cricket for Sheffield Collegiate, which was Michael Vaughan’s club, and the former England captain has followed his career closely and has expressed admiration for the youngster’s talent.

Joe has been noted throughout a prolific schooboy career and he played for Yorkshire Schools at all levels from the age of 11, later playing for England at U15 level and England U19s.

He marked his Yorkshire debut in the final game of the summer of 2009 by top scoring with 63 in a Pro40 game against Essex. He made a couple of first class appearances last year and got his opportunity this season and has grasped it. He also bowls off spin and is an excellent fielder. Joe’s younger brother Billy also plays for Collegiate as did their father Matt.