Hampshire ready for ‘Test cricket’ challenge against Joe Root and Yorkshire – Telegraph.co.uk

Hampshire coach Craig White has warned Yorkshire will provide the closest challenge to playing Test cricket when the two sides meet in the County Championship tomorrow with Joe Root playing his first match of the season.

White’s team are second in the table and beat Yorkshire two weeks ago when they chased 320 to pull off a remarkable win built around seven for 41 in Yorkshire’s second innings by new Kolpak signing, South African Test bowler Kyle Abbott.

It was followed by a draw last week against title holders Middlesex, giving Hampshire confidence to face a Yorkshire side bolstered by the addition of England stars Root and Jonny Bairstow, who help make up an incredibly strong top six of Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Root, Australian Peter Handscomb, Gary Ballance and Bairstow.

“We have had a very good start to the season, but we know how Yorkshire are going to be up for revenge in this game and are going to be flying at us after the victory we had in the first match,” White told Telegraph Sport.

“We have to get ourselves up for that and I told the lads after the last game that this one will be the closest in terms of intensity you will play in if you have not played Test cricket. We have to be ready mentally for a very intense game of cricket.”

Hampshire were only saved from playing second division cricket this season because of the relegation of Durham in their place.

Hampshire ready for ‘Test cricket’ challenge against Joe Root and Yorkshire – Telegraph.co.uk

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