Eng­land ace puts down Roots

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - CRICKET

ENG­LAND Test cap­tain Joe Root has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion with York­shire which will keep him at the county of his birth un­til 2022.

Root, who was born in Sh­effield and made his York­shire de­but in 2009, says he has no in­ten­tion of leav­ing and is in­tent on re­main­ing an in­te­gral part of the club’s de­vel­op­ment.

Root said: “I love play­ing for York­shire. It’s my county. It’s where I’ve grown up and what I know. It’s the White Rose and what it’s about.

“For me, I don’t re­ally see my­self play­ing any­where else.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about us as a county be­ing suc­cess­ful.

“If I’ve got any op­por­tu­nity to try and add to that and be a part of some­thing, that’s re­ally ex­cit­ing for me. I’m look­ing for­ward to this new ad­ven­ture for the club.”

Mean­while, Ben Stokes and Alex Hales re­main el­i­gi­ble for Eng­land se­lec­tion af­ter the Cricket Dis­ci­pline Com­mis­sion Dis­ci­plinary Panel con­cluded its hear­ing into an in­ci­dent in Bris­tol in 2017.

The panel gave Stokes an eight-match Eng­land ban but deemed those games to have been served, while Hales was given a six-match white-ball ban with two al­ready served and four sus­pended.

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