Rudolph gets green light to start scoring

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JACQUES Rudolph will open the batting for Yorkshire in the Roses clash today at Headingley.

The South African left hander - so successful with the county last season - has received the necessary clearance which allows him to face Lancashire in the Championship. Yorkshire have been working on this for a week. Rudolph was hoping to collect his work permit in South Africa before setting off.

Cricket South Africa have to provide a No Objection Certificate without which the player cannot be registered and that is what Yorkshire were left sweating on as time ticked down. However, the paperwork has now all come through.

“Jacques is really excited about coming back and desperately wants to get playing again,” said Yorkshire Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.

“He’s done well for South Africa A and he can help us finish the season strongly.”

Moxon confirmed that Rudolph - who scored 1,375 runs in the Championship last Summer - would open the batting. Sheffield’s Joe Root has been opening with Adam Lyth and with left hander Lyth struggling this season, he is the one looking vulnerable.

n Sachin Tendulkar will aim to post his first Lord’s century in his final appearance there when the First Test between England and India, the world’s top two ranked teams, gets underway tomorrow.