Root falls cheaply again in Roses clash

England captain Joe Root was caught behind for three off James Anderson’s bowling in the clash between Yorkshire and Lancashire.

England captain Joe Root could manage only three runs in the Roses clash ahead of the first Test against India next week.   -  AP

England captain Joe Root’s hopes of spending valuable time in the middle, batting against the red ball, ahead of next week’s first Test against India backfired as he again fell cheaply in the Roses match.

The only consolation for Root, who fell for three in the second innings of Yorkshire’s County Championship clash against arch-rivals Lancashire, was that he was caught behind off the bowling of England spearhead James Anderson.

In a Roses match where bowlers have been on top, Adam Lyth had earlier fallen for four Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, out for just one as ex-England paceman Graham Onions struck twice.

Root had been the first of a trio of world-class batsmen involved in a hat-trick from Lancashire all-rounder Jordan Clark on Sunday when he was trapped leg-before for 22. Next ball, Clark then trapped Williamson for a duck, before England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow was caught in the slips.

Yorkshire, the White Rose county, was dismissed for 109 but led on first innings as hosts Lancashire, whose emblem is the Red Rose, slumped to 102 all out in reply.

Monday saw Bairstow guide Yorkshire to 154 for four in its second innings at lunch. The in-form batsman was 77 not out from just 63 balls at the interval as his side established an imposing lead of 237.

England begin a five-Test series with India at the Edgbaston ground in Birmingham on August 1.

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