It was great to see my good friend and teammate Joe Root turn on the style and pile on the runs at Lord’s this week.
He had a bit of a tough winter and needed some runs under his belt, and he answered his critics in style.
Rooty (pictured) really showed his character and resolve in making his first Test double hundred, and to do it at Lord’s in the first game of the Test summer really was superb.
He loves batting at Lord’s and showed that again, I think he averages over 100 there which is just superb.
He’s looking in good shape and I’m sure there’ll be plenty more runs to come from Rooty throughout the summer.
There was a lot of talk from the pundits about Rooty needing to work on getting forward and on the front foot.
Rooty has always been a back-foot player and he’s very effective at letting the ball come onto the bat too, but I know he’s been working on getting on the front foot in the nets and knowing him, he’ll be putting a lot of time and effort into it in practice too.
The other Yorkshire lads in the side will be keen to cement their places too, and it looks like Gary Ballance (pictured) did just that in the second innings with a superb century after coming in during testing conditions and under pressure.
Ballance batted at three, where I can’t remember him batting for us, but he has all the attributes to be successful there.
Liam Plunkett has had a superb couple of seasons with Yorkshire since joining us from Durham, and that’s partly down to the trust that has been placed in him by our coaches Jason Gillespie and Martyn Moxon.
They’ve just told him to run in and bowl quickly and he’s responded. He gets a lot of wickets for the likes of Steven Patterson, Jack Brooks and Ryan Sidebottom too as batsmen don’t want to face Liam’s express pace.
It was only a matter of time before Liam got back into the England set-up and no doubt he’ll be looking to cement his place in the side now.We picked up a great win against the t20 champions Northants on Friday night.
We won the toss and batted on a used track, but it looked a good deck and it played well.
We recovered after losing Aaron Finch early on. Jonny Bairstow batted superbly and I managed to get in at the end and finish it off with a good cameo knock.
Azeem Rafiq was excellent with the ball and Steven Patterson bowled well too, while we fielded and caught well too.
Hopefully we can get on a roll now and pick up some momentum in the t20 and qualify in the top four.
Notts captain Chris Read has been reprimanded after his protest at being run out against us in the Championship last week.
Chris had to evade Steven Patterson and was run out and clearly wasn’t happy.
He has been warned for his behaviour, which was really unlike Chris, and I’m sure we won’t see anything like that from him again.
Sometimes you get caught up in the heat of the moment during games and particularly with Chris being their skipper, it must be hard to keep your emotions in check.
He’s been warned by the ECB, which is the right decision for me, and hopefully we can put it all to bed now.