Root reveals call-up joy

Last Updated: 18/09/12 12:18pm

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Yorkshire opening batsman Joe Root admits he is "over the moon" to have received his first call-up to the England Test squad.

The 21-year-old has been called-up to the squad for the four-Test tour of India, which starts in November and will be shown live on Sky Sports HD.

Root has been seen by some as a possible long-term replacement for recently retired Test captain Andrew Strauss at the top of the England batting order and spoke of his delight upon receiving the news.

He told Sky Sports News HD: "I'm obbviously delighted - it's what you play the game for, you want to represent your country.

"Just to be in the squad's a fantastic feeling and we'll see where we go from there."

He added: "I got a call off Geoff Miller which obviously again is very nice to receive the news from the chairman of selectors.

"So I was over the moon and thrilled."

Root made 746 runs in 15 first-class matches this summer, including a best of 222 not out in Yorkshire's promotion campaign from Division Two of the County Championship as well as a century for the Lions against West Indies at Northampton.

His achievements saw the batsman win the 2012 Cricket Writers Club Young Cricketer of the Year accolade.

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