Joe Root returns to Yorkshire side as coach demands his players get stuck in against Kent

Sheffield’s Joe Root returns to the Yorkshire side which faces Kent tomorrow with the Tykes looking to keep the pressure on arch-rivals Lancashire at the top of the County Championship group three table.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 3:03 pm
Joe Root of Yorkshire looks on (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)

Yorkshire are looking for their fourth win on the bounce following a thrilling one-run win over Northamptonshire last time out, and will welcome back the England Test captain after he was rested for that game.

David Willey is rested this time out, with Ben Coad expected to replace him after recovering from a shoulder injury, and coach Andrew Gale has called on his side to keep up the battling qualities that have stood them in good stead so far this season.

“Jordan Thompson’s exactly what I want from a Yorkshire cricketer,” Gale said of the young all-rounder, who has been in impressive form this season.

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“When the chips are down, he puffs his chest out and gets stuck in. It’s the reason I got him straight into the team.

“Since Dave Willey and Tommo came in, we’ve looked a different team. They’re impact players.

“In that first game against Glamorgan, I thought we were a little bit nice as a team.

“I think we all know how I played my cricket, so I didn’t want us to be nice.

Fiery all-rounder Jordan Thompson (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)

“I obviously don’t want us to cross the line, but I want the opposition to know they’re in for a game when they play against Yorkshire. Dom Bess can be a bit fiery, as can Dave and Tommo. They play the game hard but fair.

“Jordan hasn’t played that much in the grand scheme of things. He only played that one season last year, but he looks like he’s played 30 or 40 first-class games.”

The top two sides in each of the three divisions qualify for the four-game top group in August and September, with Yorkshire hoping to progress to give them a chance of winning the Championship title.

Yorkshire squad v Kent: Gary Balance, Dom Bess, Harry Brook, Ben Coad, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Adam Lyth, Duanne Olivier, Steve Patterson, Mat Pillans, Joe Root Jonny Tattersall, Jordan Thompson.