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- However, when you can still call on such as Jack Brooks, Tim Bresnan, Matthew Waite, Josh Shaw and Jared Warner, it highlights the pace bowling strength that Yorkshire have, a power that will only increase when Australian Billy Stanlake joins for the Vitality T20 Blast later in the year.
- Although options are not quite so thick in the batting department, the availability of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow for the fourth and fifth matches, away to Essex and Surrey, allied to that of Cheteshwar Pujara and Kane Williamson, who will dovetail as overseas batsmen for most of the season, gives Yorkshire the look of a seriously good side – one capable, in fact, of challenging on all fronts.
- Pujara and Williamson are precisely the sort of “over-my-dead-body” batsmen that the club are looking for in Championship cricket, where runs have been at a premium of late, while Stanlake provides the type of X-factor that Yorkshire have perhaps not had in T20 since his fellow countryman, Mitchell Starc, played for the club in 2012.
- But Yorkshire’s players seem quietly determined to put right what went wrong last summer, when the club flirted with Championship relegation, and they have the look of a group in a different “headspace” – relaxed and with their feet firmly on the ground.
- Yorkshire have reached the semi-finals of both the 50-over tournament and the T20 in recent years, and last season they played some exhilirating T20 cricket on occasions, particularly with the bat in hand.