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Root set for first-team return

England batsman Joe Root looks set to make his Yorkshire first-team return on Sunday after making a half-century for the second XI.

The second-string Roses encounter against Lancashire at Northop Hall was Root's first outing in seven weeks since breaking a thumb while compiling a century against West Indies on March 5.

The 23-year-old was forced to miss the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh as a result but is likely to be a first-choice pick for new coach Peter Moores when England start their summer with a one-day international against Scotland on May 9.

Yorkshire will name their squad for Sunday's LV= County Championship Divison One clash against Middlesex at Lord's at lunchtime on Friday and, having come through this match with no ill-effects, Root can expect to be in it.

His comeback began in less than ideal fashion when he was dismissed for just eight in the first innings, but he managed a more significant workout on the third and final day.

He top-scored with 61 in the Tykes' second innings, hitting eight boundaries in a 79-ball stay, before falling to Tom Bailey.

Lancashire fielded a strong attack, with former England man Kabir Ali and recent T20 cap Stephen Parry both on duty.

The game ended in a draw as Root and his Yorkshire team-mates, following on, improved on a disappointing 146 all out in response to Lancashire's 427 for seven declared.

They managed 283 for eight and batted out 82.1 overs to hold off their rivals, with Root aided by useful knocks from Elliot Callis (45) and Oliver Robinson (60).