Yorkshire superstar Joe Root admits Roses games are always the ones he looks out for on the domestic calendar, as he aims to help his county get back on track tonight against the old enemy.

It was a bright start for Yorkshire in their Vitality Blast North Group campaign, as they won three of their first four matches.

But despite Root and fellow veteran Dawid Malan both impressing with the bat for the Vikings last weekend, their team-mates failed to back them up, and they were beaten twice in less than 48 hours by Birmingham Bears and Leicestershire Foxes.

Yorkshire currently sit seventh in the nine-team North Group ahead of tonight’s clash with Lancashire at Headingley, but they are only two points off second spot as it stands.

The Red Rose currently sit top of the table too, even more incentive for Yorkshire to win tonight.

They have already named their 15-man squad for the game, with Malan, Root and Adam Lyth looking like being particularly important given their good form with the bat at present:

And Root told Yorkshire’s website: “It’s always the game I look for and I always hope it’s being played when I’m available.

“Look at the spectacle of it this year, with the club putting the football (the England versus Denmark Euro 2024 Group C game at 5pm) on the big screen beforehand.

“It should be a really tasty atmosphere and a good night.

“It’s always that anyway, but if England win at the Euros then it could be a rocking Headingley.”