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England Test skipper Joe Root could face brother Billy in County Championship opening round

Joe Root will play for Yorkshire in the opening weeks of the County Championship season – and could face younger brother Billy in his first match.

England Test captain Root is currently on a designated rest period from international cricket as a multi-format player but has been made available for the opening two rounds, beginning with the visit of Glamorgan to Headingley on April 8.

The 30-year-old will also face Kent at Canterbury the following week and have his schedule reviewed on a game-by-game basis thereafter.

Yorkshire will have Joe Root at their disposal for the opening weeks of County Championship

Yorkshire will have Joe Root at their disposal for the opening weeks of County Championship

Yorkshire have six Championship matches in which he could feature, with the seventh of their campaign – the Roses clash at Old Trafford on May 27 – too close in proximity to the first Test against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2.

Root has made just seven first-class appearances for the club in the past four seasons and has only ever played against his younger sibling once before, in a Royal London Cup win for Yorkshire over Nottinghamshire in 2017.

He began this Ashes year in stunning form, hitting two double hundreds plus a score of 186 in between versus Sri Lanka and India, but his rich sequence was quelled by the Indians during the final three Tests of a 3-1 defeat.

Root could face his brother Billy (pictured) in the first match against Glamorgan at Headingley

Root could face his brother Billy (pictured) in the first match against Glamorgan at Headingley