Sunshine break for Tykes

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AS the county’s amateur cricketers count down the days until the start of the new season, with rain and snow still very much part of the equation, Yorkshire’s professional stars are enjoying much sunnier climes.

Joe Root, of course, is part of the England team for the Second Test match against New Zealand, which starts today.

The Sheffield-born batsman plays his third Test match, after scores of four and a two-ball, run-out duck in the First Test in Dunedin. That match saw a maiden test century for opener Nick Compton, and former England batsman Robert Key said: “Compton, as well as he played, has been under pressure because of the emergence of Joe Root.

“In the long term, you can see Root having a ten year or fifteen year career.

“Potentially he could have a career like Alastair Cook from what we’ve seen so far.”

Yorkshire, meanwhile, are preparing for their season opener in April with a warm weather training camp in Barbados.

Yorkshire, who have announced that the club’s one-day side will become known as the Yorkshire Vikings, will play five games over the duration of the ten-day tour, before a two-day friendly against Leeds Bradford MCCU.

Their Championship season then kicks off on April 10, against Sussex at Leeds.