Joe Root: England batter to play Yorkshire’s first three T20 Blast video games

Joe Root bats for Yorkshire

Joe Root has scored 234 runs in four County Championship innings for Yorkshire this season

Joe Root will be available for the first three games of Yorkshire Vikings’ T20 Blast campaign.

The former England Test captain will play against Worcestershire Royals at Headingley on Wednesday, and in further games on Friday and Sunday.

Team-mate Harry Brook, who has also been called up for England’s first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on 2 June, will also play in the matches.

The Vikings reached the last eight in last year’s T20 competition.

Root has played three County Championship matches for Yorkshire since stepping down from his England role, making one century and a 50 in the Roses fixture earlier this month.

But before heading off for his first Test without the pressures of captaincy since December 2016, he will line up against the Royals, then in the Roses T20 game against Lancashire Lightning on Friday and, finally, the home game with Leicestershire Foxes two days later.

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