Evening Standard – Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will make their first appearances of the English summer when Yorkshire take on Essex – and Alastair Cook – at Chelmsford, starting on Friday.

Summary

  • Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will make their first appearances of the English summer when Yorkshire take on Essex – and Alastair Cook – at Chelmsford, starting on Friday.
  • Cook had his first outing of the season at Hampshire last week, scoring 84 in a damp draw, but Root and Bairstow have been resting up after a long winter with England Down Under.
  • Champions Essex have named an unchanged squad, while Steve Patterson is back from a hand injury to join Root, Bairstow and Che Pujara for Yorkshire.
  • Rikki Clarke will return from illness, Gareth Batty is back after injury and so is Conor McKerr, who is over a side strain.
  • Another person of interest for Smith, Nick Gubbins, will make his first appearance of the season for Middlesex against Sussex at Hove having recovered from a hamstring injury.


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