Root fails on return

  • Last Updated: April 27 2014, 14:39 BST

Joe Root was unable to stake a claim for Peter Moores' new-look England team as the 23-year-old was dismissed for a duck on his return to first-class cricket in Yorkshire's LV= County Championship match against Middlesex.

Joe Root: Went for a duck
Joe Root: Went for a duck

Root, who was dropped from the England Test side at the end of a nightmare winter in Australia, had not played at first-class level since breaking his thumb on a tour of the West Indies earlier this year.

The confident right-hander was not only selected but handed the Yorkshire captaincy for the Division One clash at Lord's as regular skipper Andrew Gale made the bold call of dropping himself.

The decision did not pay off, however, as Root lasted just five balls before being trapped lbw for nought by fellow England hopeful Steven Finn to leave the visitors 55 for three.

Root's dismissal will have been all the more satisfying for Finn, who himself is looking to prove a point to the international selectors after being sent home early from Australia and declared "not selectable" by then-England coach Ashley Giles.

Finn almost had Root first ball after his fast delivery sprang up onto the right-hander's pads but the enthusiastic Middlesex appeals were turned down.

A nervous start from Root took a turn for the worse soon after, though, as Finn claimed his 17th wicket of the season with a good delivery that hit the batsman's pads square in front of the stumps.

It was Finn's second wicket of the game after the seamer had already seen off Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth (34) earlier in the morning.

For Root, it was an opportunity missed to immediately push himself into the thoughts of Moores and the England selectors but returning to the crease after so long out will be of some consolation.

The 23-year-old played for Yorkshire's second team in midweek and while he was out for just eight in the opening innings, he made 61 in the second which was enough to convince Tykes coach Jason Gillespie he was worthy of a recall.