England may have found the Root of their future success as Yorkshire star hits giant century against Durham

By Peter Hayter

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Joe Root helped Yorkshire pull off a remarkable victory at Durham to encourage England that they will be able to cope without Kevin Pietersen for as long as they need to.

Root made a match-winning 182 as Yorkshire, routed for 177 in their first innings, chased 336 to win.

With Pietersen unlikely to be fit before the Ashes in July, 22-year-old Root showed he is ready to step up, taming the Durham attack by batting more than six hours and hitting 22 fours, before falling with one run left to win.

Making a statement: Joe Root proved to the England selectors again he has what it takes at the top level

Making a statement: Joe Root proved to the England selectors again he has what it takes at the top level

He survived a run-out scare on 86, but dominated after that, well supported by Adil Rashid, who made 50 in 76 balls in a century stand for the sixth wicket.

England will provide clues to their Test No 6 this week when they reveal the Lions squad to play New Zealand at Derby. Jonny Bairstow is favourite for the first Test at Lord’s where he made 95 and 54 against South Africa.

Eoin Morgan is certain to play in the Champions Trophy but appears out of the reckoning for the Tests after the ECB confirmed he will stay at Kolkata Knight Riders for the rest of the Indian Premier League season.

Centurion: The stylish James Taylor again showed that he should be given another England chance

Centurion: The stylish James Taylor again showed that he should be given another England chance

Stuart Broad finished with eight Derbyshire wickets to tee up a comfortable win for Notts. After his 4-57 in the first innings, he showed no signs of the heel problem that disrupted his winter in taking another 4-10 in seven overs yesterday.

James Taylor crafted 112 for Notts in front of selector Geoff Miller at Derby, though his chances look slim after his omission from England’s  30-man performance squad.

Nick Compton continued his golden year with a century for Somerset against Warwickshire at Taunton.

He warmed up for the biggest summer of his career with an unbeaten 105 to add to his first-innings half-century as Somerset dominated Warwickshire, reaching three figures with his only six of the innings and prompting his skipper, Marcus Trescothick, to declare and leave the reigning champions an unlikely 515 to win.

 

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A strange headline which seems to suggest that Root has. just emerged as an England prospect. He is a great prospect and I can see his potential as I have watched him several times.But the fact that he made that score for Yorkshire only helps to confirm his potential. His chances of a good career as an England Test batsman will be enhanced if he plays in a successful England side and is allowed to develop that potential without all the modern day hype.

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Thank goodness for that kick prima donna KP into the undergrowth:

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