Joe Root ready to celebrate a ton

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JOE Root ensured himself a nervous night as he pondered a Yorkshire century when play resumes at Headingley today.

The Sheffield opener ended a curtailed second day on 98 not out as Yorkshire closed on 190-3, still 63 behind Northants 253.

Rain delayed play until the afternoon and after resuming on 27-0, only 15 runs had been added when Adam Lyth went for 25.

Phil Jaques made only three before becoming Daggett’s second victim and the skipper Andrew Gale joined Root.

They added 42 before Gale was trapped leg before for 17 with the score on 96.

This brought in Jonny Bairstow fresh from his ‘working over’ by Kemar Roach in the Second Test but with the backing of Geoffrey Boycott that he is a Test star of the future.

Perhaps, then, there were two future Test players together as Root and Bairstow built a near-century stand which checked the Northants bid to make further inroads.

Root, having batted a few minutes short of three hours and faced 134 balls, has struck 10 fours in his unbeaten 98.

Bairstow has 6 fours in his 36 not out and Yorkshire will look for the pair build further on the third day.

*Derbsyhire, dismissed for 95 on the opening day, fought back against Gloucestershire although late resistance saw the home side reach 294.

Facing a deficit of 199, Derbyshire skipper Wayne Madsen made 78, sharing a second wicket stand of 63 with Martin Guptill, 42, and then one of 97 for the fourth wicket with Dan Redfern who remained unbeaten on 64 as they closed on 211-5, a lead of just 12.

*Kevin Pietersen has announced he is quitting all one day international cricket and will concentrate his England career solely on Test match cricket.