Domestic game aiding Root's Test preparation

05 May 2021 01:25:42 GMTPlus10

Joe Root believes playing with Yorkshire in the County Championship will provide him with the perfect preparation for leading England in next month's Test series with New Zealand.

The 30-year-old has featured for the White Rose in their four-day matches against Sussex, Kent and Glamorgan, with his most notable performance a knock of 101 at Canterbury.

Root is playing with his county to sharpen his technique ahead of a busy summer that sees England's Test side take on both New Zealand and India, while the Ashes is also on the horizon at the end of the year.

The skipper began the year in fine style with Test scores of 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka before posting 218 against India in Chennai.

Lord's hosts the opening Test against the Kiwis starting on 2nd June but, before that, Root could again face Kent and Glamorgan with Yorkshire, while the Roses match against Lancashire is also on the agenda before the end of the month.

The national team skipper admits he would like to be involved in at least two of those games and says playing domestically provides the perfect preparation for the series with the Black Caps.

"I'm looking to play a couple more County Championship games ahead of the first Test Match," he told the BBC, via the Yorkshire CCC website. "It's just about trying to peak for those internationals.

"Of course these Championship games mean a lot to me – I want to perform as well as I can for Yorkshire. But, as England captain, it's my responsibility to make sure I'm personally ready to hit those games hard in good form."

Yorkshire are 6/1 to win the County Championship 2021, while they are 11/4 to triumph in the Ashes 2021/22.

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