I'm delighted Yorkshire have been able to select Joe Root in the County Championship match against Middlesex at English cricket’s headquarters.

I am really hoping over the next period of time he can push himself forward for England selection once again.

Joe was able to play in the Seconds last week, hitting a half century, to prove he was over the broken thumb he suffered on England’s tour of the West Indies earlier this year - an injury which forced him out of the World Twenty20.

England missed him badly in Bangladesh and I think it’s vital he is available to the new hierarchy of Peter Moores and Paul Farbrace, someone he knows well from his time at Headingley.

I was reading that Joe went into the game needing 149 runs for 4,000 in first-class cricket, and that’s an illustration of just what an immense talent he is.

That’s why, despite being dropped from the Test team at the end of the disastrous Ashes tour of Australia, Joe is regarded highly within the England set-up.

England’s season starts with a one-day clash against Scotland on May 9 and it would be just tremendous if Joe was in that side. Let’s hope so.

By the way, I am still aching, not just from doing the Pedal for Pounds ride this week but from turning out for my club, Hall Bower, in the Drakes League last weekend.

It’s not often I get the chance to play so it was really enjoyable.

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