Cricket: Root lined up to open in Ashes

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Joe Root looks to have been put in pole position to open the batting in the Ashes which start on July 10.

England have left Nick Compton out of their Ashes warm-up game against Essex, which starts at Chelmsford next Sunday, and Root will open instead.

National selector Geoff Miller said: “We believe Joe Root is currently the best opening partner for Alastair Cook, and he will open the batting against Essex.

“Joe has performed well for Yorkshire at the top of the order earlier this season, and during his international career so far has proven to be very adaptable in all three formats and relished the challenge of international cricket.”

Compton, meanwhile, will go and play for Somerset against Australia who have sacked coach Micky Arthur and put Darren Lehmann, the former Yorkshire batsman, in his place.

Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s game with Surrey at Headingley petered out to a draw.

Resuming on 52-1, a lead of 132, they were dismissed close to the end of the day for 254, Liam Plunkett making 68 and Adil Rashid 45. Surrey were 4-0 when the teams shook on the draw.