4 Days To The Start Of A New Season
Yorkshire's opening match playing Warwickshire starts this Friday, and as the season approaches, are Yorkshiremen positive and upbeat about the upcoming domestic season ?
Yorkshire have kept the services of batsman Jacques Rudolph, but are experiencing difficulties with finding a second overseas player. Ryan Harris, who recently made his Australian test debut, is playing IPL at the start of the English domestic season so Yorkshire lined up Kiwi quick Daryl Tuffey for the start of the season. Tuffey has now broken his hand and Yorkshire are left seeking a replacement for their replacement, Windies motormouth Tino Best seems to the the next option.
Yorkshire finished a disappointing 7th in the County Championship last season, 7th again in the Pro-40, didn't qualify from the group stage in the Friends Provident Trophy and only just finished above bottom placed Derbyshire in the 20-20 North Division. Looking at those results, captain Andrew Gale only has to avoid relegation to equal 2009's dismal record, but we really want better than that. We want Yorkshire to put up a decent challenge for the County title, and to get out of the group stages, at the very least, in other competitions.
Can Gale motivate a team, who are largely the same as far as personnel go, to improve and win more matches ? Tim Bresnan has found good form with England, but of course that means he will spend a large part of the summer playing for the national side, in a reversal of fortune Adil Rashid will probably play more games for Yorkshire than he will for his country, but that's because his form at a higher level has disintegrated.
(Spin bowler Adil Rashid)
Who then will step up to the crease this season and do something remarkable for Yorkshire, Joe Sayers, Lee Hodgson, Azeem Rafiq, Gerard Brophy. Are these the men who will propel Yorkshire CCC to victory and glory this season, let's hope so.