Younger Root wins trial chance at New Road

Worcestershire are giving trials to batsman Billy Root, younger brother of Yorkshire and England Lions right hander Joe.

The 19-year-old left-hander who plays for Sheffield Collegiate in the Yorkshire Premier League, has appeared for Yorkshire at youth, academy and Second XI levels but has not been offered terms by his native county.

Having played a second team match for Nottinghamshire earlier in the season, Root has now linked up with Worcestershire and has impressed during his brief stint on trial with them.

Root made a century in the Second XI Championship match against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road having made 42 against the same opponents in the one-day competition .

He followed up with scores of 40 and 51 in a second team friendly against Glamorgan at Ombersley last week and has made a favourable impression at a time when Worcestershire are discussing contracts for next season.

Meanwhile Worcestershire are still awaiting the arrival of West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach, their fourth overseas player of the season.

Roach has been signed to replace off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who was unexpectedly recalled by Pakistan for an international training camp.

But Roach did not arrive in time to play in the current County Championship match against Lancashire at Blackpool forcing Worcestershire to play without an overseas player.

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