Preview: England duo to make rare appearance for Yorkshire against Essex

England stars Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow will be playing for Yorkshire in tomorrow’s County Championship fixture against reigning champions Essex.

The Sheffield-born captain and wicket-keeper will play at Chelmsford, and against Surrey at the Oval next week, in preparation for the England Test Match series against Pakistan, which starts on 24 May.

Yorkshire will need a response after being defeated by 118 runs against Somerset in their last match.

Having been bowled out for 96 in the first innings at Taunton, there are significant question marks over the batting line-up.

Overseas signing, Cheteshwar Pujara, in particular has struggled at the start of the season after single-figure scores of six and seven against Somerset.

Coach Andrew Gale will be happy to have Root and Bairstow back in his side to bolster the batting line-up.

“It’s great having them back. They’re two world-class players, aren’t they,” said captain Gary Ballance.

He added: “It’s brilliant for us even though it unfortunately means a couple of lads will get left out. But that’s part and parcel of things.

“It’s tough on guys because lads have only played one or two games, and it’s hard to leave people out on the evidence of such little cricket.

“But, when you’ve got two England players, it just has to happen.”

The White Rose are currently in fifth place in the County Championship table, one place and five points behind Essex.

Heavy rain meant the fixture between the two sides at the start of this season was washed out without a single ball being bowled.

Last season, Essex beat Yorkshire by a mammoth 376 runs at Chelmsford, as they finished as unbeaten champions.

Bowlers Liam Plunkett and David Willey remain out of the squad due to Indian Premier League commitments.

Gary Ballance ©
Jonny Bairstow (WK)
Tim Bresnan
Harry Brook
Jack Brooks
Karl Carver
Ben Coad
Jack Leaning
Adam Lyth
Steven Patterson
Cheteshwar Pujara
Joe Root
Josh Shaw