Vaughan elected to Tykes board

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Sheffield’s Ashes winning captain Michael Vaughan has been honoured by Yorkshire, after being appointed to the club’s board of directors.

The move was ratified at Yorkshire’s Annual General Meeting, which also saw former bowler Darren Gough - of Barnsley - made an honorary life member.

Yorkshire presented the club’s accounts at the AGM, showing a deficit of £118,000 for the year ending December 31, 2012.

Geoffrey Boycott was re-elected as president at Saturday’s annual meeting.

England’s Joe Root, meanwhile, will continue to open the batting for Yorkshire - despite his success in the middle order with his country.

“Joe will bat for Yorkshire where we want him to bat,” director of cricket Martyn Moxon said.

“There has been no directive from England, and I don’t expect one.

“It’s not totally my decision, because 
Jason Gillespie (first-team coach) and Andrew Gale (captain) are in charge of the first team.

“We will discuss the situation between us, but I don’t expect Joe to be in our middle order, no.”

Moxon added: “If England ever want him to open then it’s more difficult to go from number six to number one, than it is to go from number one to number six.

“That’s why he needs to get practice higher up.

“Joe can definitely be an England opener. He’s got a good technique and an excellent temperament.”

Root has been ruled out of Yorkshire’s season opener against Sussex by the ECB, but will be available for a two-day friendly against Roses rivals Lancashire on April 16.

England team-mates Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan could also play.