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Root extends stay at Yorkshire

Joe Root extends his stay with Yorkshire after signing a new contract keeping him at Headingley till 2016.

Sheffield-born Root made his county debut four years ago and has since played 34 First Class matches where he averages over 43.

He played in his first Test for England in 2012 during the tour to India and his maiden Test century came at his home ground of Headingley against New Zealand last year.

And Root believes the county can be main contenders to scoop silverware this season and hopes to be back playing by the end of the month after fracturing a thumb in England's final One-Day International against the West Indies in Antigua.

"I'm really please and I'm chuffed to bits with it," Root said.

"It's a great club I love playing there, I've obviously played there my whole career and spending another couple of years there will be really enjoyable and it's a great squad so hopefully we can win some silverware.

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"We've prepared really well in pre-season and we've got a lot of good lads in form and a lot of strength and depth in the squad so I don't see why we can't we right up there in all formats.

"It's one of those things and you can't really rush it but I had another x-ray today and that looked all ok so fingers crossed by the end of the month I'll be back playing again.

"I want to get going again, whenever you're injured you see everyone else playing and it makes you hungry to get back into it so it will be good to get amongst it again with Yorkshire and hopefully get off to a good start.

Root also believes the county season will enable England players to prove themselves as key players for the Lions squad before they take to the international stage.

And the batsman admitted that he has enjoyed working with England's One-Day coach Ashley Giles despite him overseeing the dismal World Twenty20 campaign which ended with a shock six-wicket defeat by the Netherlands.

"I'm not too worried about selection as that's not up to me, all I can do is score as many runs as I can and try and help Yorkshire win as many games as possible while I'm playing so my focus is making sure my game is in order and I'm putting in performances for Yorkshire.

"We've had a tough winter and we need to regroup now and put some good performances in - it's a chance to prove how good they are individually and put in some good performances in at county level and hopefully then go on and do the same at international level.

"Ashley Giles has been brilliant to work with over the last 12 months since he's been involved in the One-Day stuff and he will continue to bring what he has done to the lads throughout that period. I've really enjoyed working with him and he's been really good.

"It's going to be a good tournament this year, there are a lot of strong sides in it and it will be interesting to see where everyone is but I'd like to think we'll be right up there."

Meanwhile Yorkshire's director of cricket, Martyn Moxon, insists Root will be a part of the county's plans for years to come and is excited to see his progression as a cricketer.

"We are delighted that Joe has committed his long-term future to the club," said Moxon.

"He is one of the brightest talents in the game and will be part of Yorkshire and England's plans for many years to come. His desire to be the best that he can is a perfect example to our young players that if you work hard on your skills and have total commitment, you can achieve almost anything in your profession.

"He is only 18 months into his England career and is already an established member of the national side.

"I'm looking forward to seeing Joe continue his progression as a Yorkshire and England cricketer."

Root is expected to return to action at the end of April when Yorkshire take on Middlesex at Lord's in the LV= County Championship.