The Yorkshire Post says: Test of strength as Leeds begins week in sporting spotlight

THERE has always been a special aura to the opening day of a Test match at Headingley, and today will be no different when Joe Root's England side take on Pakistan.

Can Joe Root and England's cricketers return to winning ways at Headingley?

Yet, while red ball devotees hope Sheffield-born Root can lead by example after a challenging year as captain, it marks the start of a special week that will see Leeds in the international sporting spotlight.

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As well as the cricket, England’s footballers will complete their World Cup build-up at Elland Road next Thursday. And, next weekend, the city hosts the latest leg of triathlon’s world series – a sport made by the incomparable Alistair and Jonny Brownlee. All it needs is for Leeds United – and Yorkshire County Cricket Club – to return to winning ways and the reputation of Leeds, a resurgent city with Champions League ambitions on and off the field of play, will rise still further.