Sportsdesk Comment: Tykes stars can help fire up England

Sheffield's Joe Root in action during England's calamitous World Cup campaign
Sheffield's Joe Root in action during England's calamitous World Cup campaign

The knives have been out for England coach Peter Moores after his side’s woeful displays in the World Cup Down Under.

The replacements are already being touted and, unsurprisingly, Jason Gillespie, who steered Yorkshire to the LV County Championship division one title last season, is one of the names being bandied about.

The former Australian Test pace bowler has been a huge success at Headingley and the Tykes have seen the likes of Joe Root, Gary Ballance and Liam Plunkett impressing in the England team, while Jonny Bairstow and Tim Bresnan have played for the national team and are still in contention for future squads.

Thankfully Dizzy, as he is known, has confirmed that his priority is Yorkshire and admits that he feels sympathy for Moores.

When Moores was appointed to replace Andy Flower last year I was relieved that the ECB did not go for Ashley Giles, but slightly underwhelmed by the prospect of the return of Moores.

England now face a Test series in the West Indies, followed by series at home to New Zealand and Australia. And many are calling for the head of Moores, but surely he has to be given more time to show his coaching skills in the five-day format.

One-day cricket and T20 are the formats which may attract the general sports fans to the fray, but it is the longer forms of the game, the county matches and Tests, which are the real thing.

Has everyone forgotten the superb 3-1 series win at home to India last summer?

Moores and captain Alastair Cook were under massive pressure after the loss to Sri Lanka and then the defeat by India at Lord’s in the first Test of the series, but they rallied to win in convincing style.

Hopefully Whitby-based batsman Adam Lyth will have done enough on the Lions tour of South Africa to force himself into the squad for the tour of the West Indies ahead of Cook’s current opening partner Sam Robson.

Adil Rashid impressed during the Lions tour so he could force his way back into the England set-up.

It has often been said that a strong Yorkshire means a strong England, and lets hope theis proves to be the case in the Test series’ this summer.