A hat-trick of high-quality

Lancashire paceman Jordan Clark took one of the highest quality hat-tricks in modern cricket as he removed Joe Root, Kane Williamson and Jonny Bairstow — three of the world’s leading batsmen — while playing against arch-rivals Yorkshire on Sunday.

Between them, the Yorkshire trio have scored more than 14,000 Test runs yet they all succumbed off successive balls to the 27-year-old Clark on the first day of the ‘Roses’ County Championship match, with Root and Bairstow’s hopes of spending time in the middle batting in red-ball cricket ahead of England’s first Test against India next month now resting on the second innings.

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