Yorkshire trio named in squad for first Test

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Sheffield’s Joe Root heads a trio of Yorkshire players called up for the England squad for the first Test against Sri Lanka next week - with a recall for in-form pace bowler Liam Plunkett.

Plunkett, who won the last of his nine England caps back in 2007, joins Root and Gary Ballance in the squad for the first Test, at Lord’s next Thursday.

“I have to thank the coaches and the players at Yorkshire for having faith in me as a cricketer,” Plunkett said.

“Before joining Yorkshire, I was going nowhere and coming to Headingley gave me a new lease of life.

“I have benefitted from a change of scenery and from a coaching team that has put faith in my ability. Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon gave me the confidence to believe in my ability and to go out and perform. I owe it to them for this return to the Test team.”

“The selection did come as a shock,” Plunkett added.

“I was aware of all the talk over the past couple of weeks from pundits and the media that I would be in the frame but I didn’t really believe it.”

Yorkshire, meanwhile, have unveiled plans for a multi-million pound renovation of their Headingley home, to take place over the next two decades.

The plans, to renovate one stand and develop another pavilion, will increase the ground’s capacity to 20,000 from its current 17,000 limit.