JOE Root says walking out at Headingley as England’s Test captain will be a special feeling.

The West Indies will visit the 26-year-old’s home ground for the second match of three on August 25, forming part of a busy start to the Root reign.

It is one of 12 Tests from the start of July through until early January against South Africa, the West Indies and Australia Down Under.

Root burst through the Yorkshire’s age-group system having earned his first scholarship deal aged 13.

He went on to captain the Academy before debuting for the first team in 2009.

The first of Root’s eleven Test centuries also came against New Zealand on his home ground in 2013, with day one at Headingley this summer promising to be another magic moment.

“It gives me goosebumps thinking about it,” said Root, whose first game day in charge of England is against South Africa at Lord’s on July 6.

“It’s going to be a really special moment, that first day at Lord’s, and I’m really looking forward to that and everything that comes with it.

“But it will also be extremely special and a proud moment to walk out representing England as captain at Headingley.

“There’s plenty to look forward to and plenty of sentimental stuff to get soppy about. But, more importantly, I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the cricket.”

Sheffield’s Root becomes the 10th Yorkshire player to captain England, but only the seventh to be born within the county boundaries.

Root’s route to the top is some story having supposedly, aged 13, said to his first coach Kevin Sharp ‘tell me what I need to do to play for England’.

Now, Alastair Cook’s replacement hopes other young cricketers from Yorkshire can try to follow his example.

“Hopefully this can inspire young kids to get into the game from Yorkshire and progress their cricket,” he said. “Any opportunity for us as players to do that, we should grasp.

“If we can inspire people to take up the game or to really develop their skills and want to become better players, we should always encourage that.”

Root flies to the West Indies with England’s one-day squad on Wednesday for a three-match series, but there is still a good chance he will represent Yorkshire inside the first month of the county season, starting April 7.

Yorkshire have three County Championship and three Royal London one-day Cup matches before England’s first home ODI against Ireland on May 5.

He added: “It’s a very exciting time for Yorkshire with Gary (Ballance) as captain and Galey (Andrew Gale) as coach.

“Hopefully they can make a big push in getting that Championship title back and bringing some one-day silverware here too.

“There’s plenty of exciting challenges for Yorkshire and England, and that’s something I’m looking forward to.”

Meanwhile, Yorkshire will assess Matthew Fisher’s groin injury on Monday after his return from India.

The 19-year-old picked up the injury during the recent one-day series between England’s under 19s and their Indian counterparts.

Yorkshire’s director of cricket Martyn Moxon said: “Kunwar (Bansil, Yorkshire’s physio) will see him on Monday, but we expect him to be able to go with us on the pre-season trip (to Dubai in mid-March).

“It’s just a case of when he’s going to be able to start playing on that trip. That’s the unknown at this stage.”