England trio made available for Yorkshire Vikings

Jonny Bairstow in action for Yorkshire
Jonny Bairstow will be part of Yorkshire's one-day and T20 squads for key matches this week
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Yorkshire Vikings will have England trio Jonny Bairstow, Gary Ballance and Joe Root available for NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day and their Royal London One-Day Cup quarter-final as they bid for more silverware.

All three have been made available to play in Yorkshire's one-day quarter-final against Kent on Thursday (18th August) and Finals Day at Edgbaston two days later.

Yorkshire head to Canterbury to play Kent Spitfires in the 50-over competition while Durham Jets await in the second semi-final at Finals Day on Saturday 20th August. Notts Outlaws take on Northants Steelbacks in the day's first semi-final.

Root was England's top scorer in the Test series against Pakistan with 512 runs, and he is looking forward to joining up with his team-mates ahead of a huge week for them.

"I always love coming back to the Yorkshire camp and playing in the big occasions," Root said.

"The lads have been red hot with the white ball in particular and I just want to help contribute to some huge wins for the Club.

"The lads have been outstanding and no doubt there will be a huge contingent of supporters down at Edgbaston.

"We just have to go there and put on a show and make it a memorable day for everybody involved in the Club."

It will be just Yorkshire's second apperance at T20 Final Day and first since they were runners-up to Hampshire in 2012.

Bairstow, fresh from hitting his third successive half-century of the Test series at The Oval, is hopeful they can claim success in the competition for the first time.

"We haven’t done very well in the T20 competition in recent years," he said.

"But seeing the quarter-final; it was very exciting, a very good crowd and a fantastic spectacle.

"For me it will be good just to feel part of it again and to get around the lads."

Yorkshire remain in contention for three trophies this season, as they lie in third place in the Specsavers County Championship Division One, where they are attempting to claim a hat-trick of titles.

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