As we approach what is set to be a pivotal summer for the national cricket team in the lead up to both the ICC World Cup and the 2019 Ashes series, we met up with England Cricket captain Joe Root before Yorkshire took on Surrey at the Oval. Rooty has been a Barmy favourite since he made his England test debut in India in December 2012. In our 6th edition he opens up to the Barmy Army about what its like being the England Test captain, which of his national team mates secretly wishes he was part of the Barmy Army and what you do when you can’t find your blazer for the coin toss.

In this week’s edition Joe, about to play his 68th Test match for England, chats with Shackles co host and Yorkshire team mate Jack Brooks. The Headband Warrior has so far taken an impressive 401 First Class wickets since making his debut for former county Northants in 2009. Together they discuss England’s strong Yorkshire contingent and the mixed results for the White Rose county this season although the side seemed to have turned a page since that miraculous comeback win over current champions Essex after being bowled out for just 50 in the first innings.

Joe also provides insight into how the lifelong friendly rivalry with younger brother Billy is as strong as ever. This is demonstrated as the elder Root recounts the time he hit his younger brother for six in the final over of the Royal London Cup. Equally dad Matt is always quick to remind Joe of the six he smashed him for at Headingley which, if folklore is true, “went over the Skyrack” Pub – over 500 yards from the middle.

This competitiveness is no different with coaching. The Roots have recently started a new venture to give back to cricket with the introduction of the Chesterfield based Root Academy. The Academy seeks to help kids enhance their cricketing skills through workshops and tournaments. Helping them learn these skills and the values of cricket could potentially see another Yorkshireman captain the national side in the near future. Listen to the full podcast here