Vaughan is Root-ing for young star Joe

Michael Vaughan is tipping Joe Root as an England opener

Michael Vaughan is tipping Joe Root as an England opener

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Sheffield cricket legend Michael Vaughan believes Joe Root should open the batting during England’s tour of New Zealand in March.

Root, who impressed with a patient 73 on his England test debut against India in Nagpur, has been named in the England test, one-day international and Twenty20 squads to tour New Zealand.

The young Yorkshire star has so far caught the eye with a series of displays down the order, but opens the batting for his county.

And Vaughan, who famously captained England to Ashes victory in 2005, believes that the 22-year-old will eventually fulfil that role for his country, too.

“He looked an England player from the minute he went out to bat in the Test match,” former Yorkshire batsman Vaughan, who played with Root’s father Matt at Sheffield Collegiate, told ESPNcricinfo.

“He looks like he’ll have a tremendous future with the team.

“I would go for Root [to open] in New Zealand and bring Jonny Bairstow back at number six.”