Gale keen to build on Roses win
Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale is eager to build on Friday’s dramatic T20 Roses win at Old Trafford with more success in the LV County Championship first division home game with Nottinghamshire, which starts on Sunday.
Gale said: “Sport is about momentum and building on performances. Last night’s win against Lancashire will benefit us. There was a great buzz coming back and we are excited to continue with our recent efforts, whether that is in limited overs cricket or in the Championship.
“We are all enjoying each other’s company and being part of a winning team. When things are fitting into place all you want to do is play and build on that momentum. As far as we are concerned, Sunday’s game against Notts can’t come quick enough.”
He added: “Notts will have a similar attitude to us. They are a good side with quality players. They will come to Headingley with confidence and will want to try and break our dominance at home.
“They are up there on the table and have played some decent cricket in all formats. These matches are always good to play in and there is a respect amongst both sets of players.
“Phil Jaques, who was a great servant at Yorkshire, returns to face us for the first time since he joined them at the start of the season. He has done really well and has scored some vital runs.
“He is well respected among our group and we look forward to playing against him. We’ll want to get into him early because if he sets himself he can go on and score big runs.”
Gale also admitted the side would miss Liam Plunkett after his call-up for the first Test against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, starting Thursday.
“We’ll miss him massively. Liam has been the form bowler in the Championship and deserves his call-up to the England Test squad. He will be formidable against Sri Lanka. His pace, this season, has been frighteningly quick and caused problems for batsmen. He would have been a good asset for us in this game.
“However, that is not meant to be. We will adapt without him and it means an opportunity for another player to come in and do a job.”
Yorkshire have named a 12-man squad for the match.
Squad: Jonathan Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Andrew Gale (captain), Aaron Finch, Jack Leaning, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth, Steve Patterson, Richard Pyrah, Adil Rashid, Josh Shaw.
Ryan Sidebottom is still on the sidelines receiving on-going treatment for a hamstring problem. This will be the second successive Championship match he will miss.