County Championship: Joe Root scores 56 not out for Yorkshire at Trent Bridge

Joe Root
Joe Root will captain England in a home Ashes series against Australia later this summer
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day two):
Nottinghamshire 408: Clarke 112, Slater 76; Olivier 5-96
Yorkshire 206-5: Lyth 81, Root 56*; Fletcher 2-42, Broad 2-46
Yorkshire (3 pts) trail Notts (5 pts) by 202 runs

England Test captain Joe Root was dropped twice on his way to 56 not out for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Yorkshire ended day two on 206-5 in reply to Notts' 408 all out.

Root was put down when on eight and 44, while he also survived an lbw shout off the bowling of Luke Fletcher before reaching his half-century.

England team-mate Stuart Broad took 2-46 for the hosts, having earlier gone for a second-ball duck with the bat.

Yorkshire's Duanne Olivier (5-96) was chiefly responsible for Notts failing to significantly push on from their overnight score of 324-5.

Centurion Joe Clarke, almost faultless on day one, added just three more runs before he was bowled by the South African paceman for 112.

Paul Coughlin made 46, but the loss of four wickets for 46 runs kept their total down.

Yorkshire opener Adam Lyth (81) added 83 for the third wicket alongside Root, who will resume unbeaten alongside Jonathan Tattersall on the third morning.

Notts bowler Luke Fletcher:

"Pre-season is great to find a bit of rhythm but it was different for me this year, waiting for the birth of our second child Rosie, so I didn't get the match time.

"But I'm a cricketer that likes the occasion and gets up for the occasion so the first game of the year, a big crowd against Yorkshire, and it all got me through.

"I was up for the challenge and it was nice to get the wicket of Gary Ballance early on."

Yorkshire bowler Duanne Olivier:

"It's really special to get five wickets in my first Championship match for Yorkshire.

"It's a very good batting wicket and it took quite a bit of grafting from everyone, but I felt that we pulled it back nicely to keep them at just over 400 because they looked set in stone to get a very big score.

"Hopefully we can put a few partnerships together and get up to 400 ourselves, or even beyond that."

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