Joe on Root for Tykes return

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Joe Root has targeted Yorkshire’s County Championship game against Middlesex at the end of next month, to make a comeback from his broken thumb.

The 23-year-old Sheffielder was ruled out of England’s Twenty20 World Cup campaign in Bangladesh after suffering the broken thumb, while scoring a century against the West Indies earlier this month.

His thumb was assessed and found to be shattered in eight places, but remarkably he completed his hundred and bowled three overs before being forced off the field.

“It’s coming along,” Root said.

“I’ve had a couple of X-rays now and it seems to be improving, so hopefully that continues.

“I think the cast will be on for the next five weeks or so. I’m looking to make a comeback for the end of April so fingers crossed I’ll be back playing for Yorkshire then.

“The Middlesex game would be my first game back at Lord’s since scoring 180 against Australia. It’s always a great place to play with a good atmosphere.

“It’s a very special ground and I really enjoy playing there so if I can play in that game it would be nice.”