This week’s game at Nottinghamshire is definitely up there with the biggest games I’ve ever played in.
With the Championship up for grabs there is a lot on the line for the club and all the players went into the game itching to get the win for the fans and everyone associated with Yorkshire.
While there is extra pressure on us this week, we just went into the game treating it as normal as possible.
Once you start looking too far forward you take your eye off the ball, over, session or day you’re facing and that can hamper you.
I won’t be doing anything different when I’m out there.
You have to concentrate on every ball and play the game as simply as possible.
There is always pressure at this level of sport, but if you let it get to you and it goes to your head your performance could suffer.
The lads were all really up for the game heading into it at the time of writing this column, hopefully we can just play four good, solid days of cricket and that will give us a great chance of lifting the championship, whether it be at Trent Bridge or when we play Somerset at Headingley in our final game of the seaon.
It was obviously a huge blow to lose our captain Andrew Gale for the final two games of the season, especially with what is at stake.
Nobody is more disappointed than Andrew himself, but he has been disciplined and we have to live with that.
Andrew will be with us for both games and will he has a superb replacement in Joe Root (pictured).
Rooty has been in superb form for England throughout the summer, I don’t think anyone in world cricket has performed as well as him with the bat.
To have him, Gary Ballance and Tim Bresnan in the side is massive for us and hopefully they will all perform and help us to a huge win for the club.
Rooty will do a great job leading us this week.
He has a great cricket brain for such a young man and I don’t think anyone in the game is in better nick than him at the moment.
We’re playing a strong Notts side that shouldn’t be underestimated.
They are just behind us in the league and have some quality players in their side.
Alex Hales and James Taylor have been in superb form with the bat in white ball cricket, and Riki Wessels is only behind me in the runs scoring charts in division one, so they have strength with the bat.
They’re strong with the ball too and with the likes of Harry Gurney and Samit Patel, it won’t be easy for us this week.
I noticed that David Lloyd had written a very complimentary piece about me for Sky Sports this week.
It is always nice to receive praise, especially from people who know the game so well like David.
I keep saying it, but I obviously want to play for my country and I think I’m good enough to do just that.
I will have to just keep working hard and getting runs for Yorkshire until the phone call comes.
If it doesn’t for whatever reason then I’ll be doing my best to keep scoring runs for Yorkshire.
The next Test match isn’t until April in the West Indies anyway so I don’t imagine a call coming soon, but it’s great to have the support of people and I’m grateful for it.
There is an England Lions tour to South Africa early next year, so hopefully I’ve scored enough runs this season to make that squad and then I’ll have to take it from there, but I’m focussed on the next two games for Yorkshire now.
England polished off their season with a superb win against India in the t20 at Edgbaston on Sunday.
We needed that win after we were beaten 3-1 by the better side in the one-day series.
We obviously battled back to win the Test series, with Rooty and Gary Ballance the two stand-out batsmen.
I was very impressed with the bowling of Moeen Ali.
He came in as a bit of a part-time bowler and has impressed when he’s been given the chance.
James Anderson was outstanding as he usually is, but we all expect that from him.
Overall I think it has been a good summer for England and they will be looking to build on that heading into the World Cup.