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England Test captain Joe Root dismissed for a scratchy 16 on his return to action for Yorkshire

Joe Root escaped the ignominy of being dismissed by his younger brother Billy but fell cheaply to another fledgling off-spinner during an unconvincing return to the county ranks.

The England Test captain entered Yorkshire’s match versus Glamorgan having not seen his lesser-known sibling since last September and looked like becoming the victim of family bragging rights when a missed sweep on four sparked a huge appeal for leg before from the Welsh side, only for umpire Russell Warren to offer a reprieve by judging the ball struck the pad outside the line of off-stump.

But he became the third first-class victim of 22-year-old Callum Taylor when, soon after a two-minute lunchtime silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip, he tried to impose himself with a straight blow down the ground but miscued a low full toss and towered a catch to mid-off.

England Test captain Joe Root was caught at long off for just 16 at Headingley on Friday

England Test captain Joe Root was caught at long off for just 16 at Headingley on Friday

England Test captain Joe Root was caught at long off for just 16 at Headingley on Friday

A scratchy 59-ball 16, his first County Championship innings for two years, was part of an underwhelming Yorkshire batting effort that saw them dismissed for 193 at Headingley, a first-innings deficit of 137.

Leicestershire, the 2019 wooden spoonists, were another team facing an uphill task to avoid the follow-on following contributions of 231 by James Vince and 152 not out by Liam Dawson, both at better than a run a ball, in Hampshire’s 612 for five declared at Grace Road.

Essex captain Tom Westley also registered a double hundred for the reigning champions in their opening fixture against Worcestershire at Chelmsford.

Darren Stevens — who turns 45 later this month and this week became the oldest player in the Championship since Eddie Hemmings in 1995 — and Dane Vilas, the Lancashire captain, both reached three figures despite the plunging temperatures.

Players held a two-minute lunchtime silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip

Players held a two-minute lunchtime silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip

Players held a two-minute lunchtime silence as a mark of respect to Prince Philip

Meanwhile, Sadiq Khan has given his backing to Surrey’s ambitious plans to hold Indian Premier League matches in England.

The London Mayor confirmed his support for the move, revealed by Sportsmail on Thursday, when he said: ‘Surrey are speaking to teams in India and colleagues in the BCCI and IPL.

‘I know Londoners are hungry to see more of the likes of Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant and, with two of the world’s greatest cricket grounds in Lord’s and the Kia Oval, London is ideally placed to hold IPL matches.’

MCC also backed the project, which Surrey hope will also include staging games outside the capital, probably in Birmingham, Manchester or Leeds.