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Yorkshire expect numbers game should England come calling
Updated 11:40am Friday 13th June 2014 in Sport
MARTYN MOXON has admitted that Yorkshire have concerns over a personnel crisis later in the summer should England come calling for a large number of their players.
Gary Ballance, Liam Plunkett and Joe Root are all playing in the ongoing first Test of two against Sri Lanka at Lord’s, and they are set to be unavailable for large parts of the summer with a five-match series against India starting on July 9.
Then, the England Lions play a triangular one-day series with New Zealand A and Sri Lanka A in early August, while there are also scheduled fixtures for England’s under 17s and under 19s teams during that month.
A worst case scenario would see Yorkshire, who are in NatWest T20 Blast action against Northamptonshire at Wantage Road tonight, without eleven or 12 players, according to Moxon.
Yorkshire’s director of cricket also believes the White Rose after often unfairly judged for being without a trophy since 2002 even though they have produced more England players than anyone else in that time.
In the past, there has been an unwritten rule that the Lions only select a maximum of two players per county for summer fixtures, which clash with county matches.
But it remains to be seen whether that policy will continue under the new England management. This summer, any selected Yorkshire players could miss four Royal London one-day Cup matches between August 5 to 12.
Jonny Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Jack Brooks, Alex Lees, Adam Lyth and Adil Rashid are all names in the frame.
“We haven’t had any conversations with the new regime,” said Moxon. “It’s tended to be that they don’t take any more than two, although we’ve had three once.
“We’ve got the England under 19s as well, and we could have five in that. First-team cricket does take precedence over that.
“But, if we still have three in the England team, a couple in the Lions, possibly five with the under 19s and a couple in the under 17s, we could have 11 or 12 lads away. It’s a crazy situation.
“I listened to Andrew Strauss commentate on the Worcester game (T20 v Durham last Saturday), and he was talking about Moeen Ali being selected from Worcester and how it was good that they have produced an England player.
“He said the primary reason for county cricket is to produce England players, it’s not just about winning trophies. I think that’s a good point. But, at the end of the season, a lot of people look at who’s won what.
“We are the county with the longest wait for a trophy, but we’ve produced the most England players, so what is regarded as success?
“It kind of frustrates me because in black and white terms we’re judged on not winning any trophies, but one of the reasons is we can’t play our best team all the time.”
Yorkshire have named an unchanged 14-man squad for tonight’s trip to Wantage Road, although it would not be a surprise to see fast bowler Brooks rested after a hectic start to the season.
He is the only seamer in the Yorkshire squad to have played all eight Championship matches, and he will be needed for Monday’s four-dayer with Sussex at Arundel.
Yorkshire are searching for their third win from five North Division matches and their second on the spin after last Friday’s thrilling win in the final over when they chased down 180 against Lancashire.
Yorks squad v Northants: Gale (c), Bairstow (wkt), Bresnan, Brooks, Finch, Hodd, Leaning, Lees, Lyth, Patterson, Pyrah, Rafiq, Rashid, Robinson.
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