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Andrew Gale backs Joe Root as Yorkshire's opening batsman
Andrew Gale has confirmed Joe Root will open the batting for Yorkshire in the LV= County Championship when available this summer.
The Yorkshire captain believes the 23-year-old should not have been shunted up and down the England Test order as much as he has been because he has proved that facing the new ball is his best position through county form at various levels during the last ten years.
Upon his return from next month’s World Twenty20, Root is expected to be available for a sizeable chunk of Championship cricket in the build-up to the summer programme of internationals against Sri Lanka and India, starting in May.
Yorkshire will hope Root replicates his form at the start of last season when he scored 467 runs in two matches against Durham and Derbyshire, including a 182 and 236.
“Rooty’s had success playing for Yorkshire since he was 13-years-old opening the batting,” said Gale.
“For me he’s an opening batter. I don’t think he’s been given a fair run in the England side opening the batting.
“That’s where he bats for Yorkshire, and for me that’s where he should bat for England.
“We saw how he came back last year. He got us off to a fantastic start. He won that game at Durham that kick-started our season almost on his own when we chased down a big total.”
Root had a disappointing tour of Australia, where he batted at number six and number three and only scored 192 from four Test matches, but White Rose director of cricket Martyn Moxon has backed his player to bounce back.
“Rooty’s strength is assessing what’s happened and building on it. That’s what he’ll do. I would expect him to be a better player for this experience and not a worse one,” he said.
“He could well go and have a really good tour to the West Indies and Twenty20 World Cup and be back on a high. I don’t see there being a problem.”
Gale and Moxon were speaking at the unveiling of Aaron Finch, and were asked whether they would need to pick up the likes of Root, Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan after a disappointing Ashes tour.
“I don’t think we’ll have to,” said Moxon.
“Jonny came back and he was really quite bubbly and looking forward to the Sri Lanka tour. He’s started that tour really well.
“The lads will bounce back. It’s been disappointing. Bres is a very phlegmatic character, he’ll just get on with his job. He’s not going to be affected by the winter and Rooty the same.”
Added Gale: “They’re all young enough to come back from whatever’s happened with England and be better for the experience. They’ll come back stronger blokes.
“Like Martyn says, they’re not the type of blokes who will come back and go into their shells.
“They’ll stick their chests out and get on with the job.”
Meanwhile, Yorkshire’s new recruit Finch yesterday attracted a bid worth approximately £390,000 to play in the forthcoming Indian Premier League for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.