Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie has challenged his squad to step up without their England stars ahead of their return to Scarborough’s North Marine Road next week.
Gillespie’s Tykes meet Nottinghamshire in the LV County Championship from next Wednesday before a crucial clash with Leicestershire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Sunday.
They will have to contest both without their trio of England stars after the impressive form of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow in England’s 2-0 series win against New Zealand and the call-up to the one-day squad of bowler Tim Bresnan.
Gillespie said: “Obviously we’re going to be without our England stars for a lot of the season and it’s up to the rest of the guys to step up and perform.”
Gillespie is expecting two tough games next week at Scarborough.
He added: “We know that Nottinghamshire are a very good cricket team and we’re under no illusions that we’ll have to play our best cricket and put them under pressure to win the game.
“We’ve started the championship season well though and we’ll focus on what we’re doing on the field.
“Sunday represents a different challenge for the guys.
“We haven’t performed in the YB4O so far and we have to improve with bat and ball.”
The former Australian Ashes winner Gillespie was full of praise for both the facilities and the support at Yorkshire’s last remaining outground.
“All the players love coming to play at Scarborough. The conditions are always good with good pace and carry.
“We always get great support from the fans up there too and hopefully that will continue.
“Obviously Adam Lyth is from that area so people will be interested in him too.
“He loves playing at Scarborough, as do all the guys.”