Yorkshire welcome back Sidebottom for Warwickshire clash

Ryan Sidebottom returns to the Yorkshire side for the Championship clash at Warwickshire starting on Sunday

Ryan Sidebottom returns to the Yorkshire side for the Championship clash at Warwickshire starting on Sunday

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Yorkshire welcome back veteran seamer Ryan Sidebottom for their LV County Championship clash against Warwickshire starting on Sunday.

Sidebottom replaces Tim Bresnan, who will be rested for the crucial clash as Yorkshire look to stay top of the division one table with a win at Edgbaston.

Skipper Andrew Gale said: “Tim has been rested. His elbow has been sore for the last six weeks, really, so he might need an injection.

“It is great to have Siddy back. We have missed him over the past couple of weeks with his hamstring. He’ll add some bite and edge to our attack.

“We also bring in young left arm spinner Karl Carver. He is on our Academy staff but has impressed this season for the second team.

“He travelled with us last season when we played Surrey and is a great prospect for the future. He represented England under 19s last summer and has been bowling to the England team in the nets at Headingley in the build up to the Test and did well.”

“Adil Rashid is back in the squad. His wife is still expecting their first child and may have to leave the squad if he gets the call.”

Yorkshire are top of the table, but Nottinghamshire also have 118 points and are breathing down their necks.

Gale added: ““It is wide open. Most teams are taking points off each other and in the last few rounds we have had a number of teams taking over the mantle at the top.

“It is coming to that period of the season where one or two teams will go on a run and break away from the pack. We have to ensure we are one of those teams.

“This competition is about winning matches. Durham showed that last season. If we can string a few wins together we will be in a very strong position.

“It will be tough at Edgbaston. Warwickshire are a competent side and, like us, are capable of going on a run. It is going to be an intriguing period in the season.”

Gale was left frustrated by the lifeless wicket at Arundel as Yorkshire had to settle for a point at Sussex last week.

The skipper added: “We’ve still come out of the Sussex game with 10 points and that’s a positive.

“We’re at halfway now and we’re still near the top of the league, joint top, sitting where we want to be so it’s going to be a big run-in for us.

“It would have helped both teams if the pitch had something a bit extra in it to try and push for a result.

“It was terribly slow and so many nicks didn’t carry. We even had slip fielder Adam Lyth pushing forward as much as possible and at one stage he wore a helmet to try and get the ball to carry off our seamers.”