Andrew Gale sat the squad down the other night to announce he was going to be dropping himself for our game at Lord’s against Middlesex, and I have to admit I was very surprised.
I thought it would have been me or Alex Lees who would make way for Joe Root to come into the side, but Andrew hasn’t had a big score under his belt of late and he knew it was best for the team that he go and get some runs in the second team.
I know the whole squad have a lot of respect for Andrew (pictured), he’s a great leader and captain and this just highlights that even further.
I have no doubt he will get big runs and make big contributions very soon, he’s too good a player and a captain not to do so.
It would have been very disappointing if me or Alex would have been dropped.
We have started the season well and both feel in good touch and it just shows how important competition for places really is in any sport.
While we’ve both started the season in decent form, both Alex and I know we’ll need to keep scoring runs to keep our places in the side.
I feel like I just need a big score to ease things a little.
Not because of any pressure, there is always pressure playing for Yorkshire, just to cement my place in the side.
Rooty came in and captained the side at Lord’s.
He has a superb cricket brain and he’s done a good job as captain.
I’m not sure just how long we’ll have him available due to England commitments, but while we’ve got him, he’s a great asset to Yorkshire.
Could Rooty be a future England captain?
It’s a bit early for talk of him leading England.
I would love to see Rooty leading England, but Alastair Cook has a lot of years ahead of him.
He’s certainly cemented his place in the England set-up for now.
He’s shown no ill-effects of their Ashes defeat over the winter.
Rooty didn’t score as many runs as he’d have liked, but he knows they were just outplayed and that none of the England batsmen really got enough runs.
The main difference between the sides was Mitchell Johnson.
He bowled very, very quickly and found some good areas.
In the end he was just too good for us at times and that’s just how cricket goes sometimes.
I still harbour ambitions of playing for England, although I’m not looking too far down the line at the moment.
I’m 100 per cent focused on getting big runs for Yorkshire and helping us win a trophy or hopefully trophies this season.
That’s the aim of everyone at the club, and if I can get big runs and help us win some silverware, then I don’t see why I couldn’t play for my country.
I know I need to score big to be in with a shout.
England’s new assistant coach is somebody I know well and he knows exactly what I can do.
Paul Farbrace is a great appointment as Peter Moores’ assistant with England.
He is a fantastic coach.
Very approachable and personable, Farby could make you feel like you were the best batsman in the world, even when you were hopelessly out of form.
That gives any player extra confidence when they walk out to the middle, which is massive in cricket.
He knows the game inside out and he’s a great fit for England.
He’s just won the World Cup with Sri Lanka and I am confident he’ll do a great job with England too.
Finally, I’m delighted to be writing this column for The Scarborough News.
I grew up playing cricket in the area and then for Scarborough Cricket Club at North Marine Road.
I know how much people love their cricket, and Yorkshire in Scarborough and I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I’m sure I’ll enjoy writing it along the way.