Cricket: Root pays tribute to Tykes ‘legend’


SHEFFIELD ace Joe Root has paid tribute to Yorkshire teammate Anthony McGrath after the all-rounder confirmed his immediate retirement from all forms of the game.

The 37-year-old right-hander, who made more than 23,600 runs in all competitions and took 240 wickets, called time on a glittering 17-year career yesterday due to a thumb injury sustained last season.

McGrath scored 35 centuries in first-class cricket including a highest score of 211 against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in 2009. He also represented England in four Tests and 14 one-day internationals.

Root, handed an England incremental contract after Sunday’s first one-day international defeat by New Zealand, posted on Twitter: “A huge congrats to Anthony McGrath! Couldn’t have asked for a better bloke to look up too, learn from and play with! Good luck mate #legend.”

Martyn Moxon, Yorkshire’s director of cricket, added: “He has given every ounce of blood, sweat and tears to the county and his role within the dressing room will be sadly missed. He is the perfect role model for any aspiring junior wanting to be the best they can be.”