Pre-season training is well underway for Jason Gillespie and the rest of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, as the team prepare to fly over to the United Arab Emirates on Friday.
Fast bowler and ex-England international Ryan Sidebottom, believes tours such as this benefit the squad both on and off the field. Recollecting on how big of a boost it was to ‘comfortably’ beat the Marylebone Cricket Club as well as establishing a good team bond.
The mix between young and experienced players selected to go as part of the tour allows Head coach Gillespie to further develop the emphasis Yorkshire are putting on youth progression.
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Following this years successful launch of the Drax cup, a national under 9 schools cricket tournament, Will Rhodes spoke about the difference it will be having a few of the England and international faces back in the camp.
He said: “It’s good to get back and start playing as a team again, as sometimes you’ve only got eight to ten lads here at once over the winter”
With the world twenty/20 tournament on the horizon, few of the England stars are available, and some of those who are have been left behind to recover from a hectic winter period.
Nevertheless, the squad is still packed with talent and gives Yorkshire the best possible chance to start the season with a successful overseas tour.
Chasing a historic third consecutive County Championship, the squad has strength in depth and with the signings of Kane Williamson and Travis Head they are well equipped in all formats of the game.