What a great day to be a Yorkshireman! It's a real shame that Bairstow couldn't follow young Root's lead by claiming a century of his own, but their partnership was a joy to watch and proved that old adage, "If they're good enough, they're old enough."
With Nice Guy Brian looking to sign upwards of seven players, he must not overlook the kids in the Academy and the young players already in the first team squad. Maybe, just maybe, a new era could be built on youth, with Byram, Poleon, Hall and other young guns coming through under the guidance of Anthea Redfearn.
It must be good news for the youngsters that Anthea has been promoted by McDermott. Poleon got his chance against Watford and didn't let anybody down. Maybe he and Hall could inject the pace that Leeds lacked all last season.
But back to the cricketers, Root proved today that he is a real class act who promises to be a mainstay of England's batting for the next 15 years. Congratulations to the kid and to the people of Yorkshire for continuing to produce cricketing greats.