England expects - so six Yorkshire players line up— 31 December 2012
Several Yorkshire players are all geared up to represent their country at various levels on England tours over the next few months.
Sadly, Jonathan Bairstow has had to pull out of the England squad for the series of one-day internationals with India because of family illness, but his place has been filled by his Yorkshire teammate, Joe Root, ensuring that Tim Bresnan will have a fellow White Rose colleague to keep him company.
Root was to have captained England Lions “down under” in their one-day matches against Australia A, and his absence means that Gary Ballance will be Yorkshire’s sole representative. James Taylor takes over the captaincy from Root. Bairstow and Bresnan are part of the England Twenty20 and ODI squads which will travel to New Zealand later.
Also preparing for a busy winter are a trio of young Yorkshiremen who will travel with England Under-19s on their tour of South Africa, which begins on January 23 and includes two four-day Tests and five one-day internationals.
They are 16-year-old Middlesbrough-born Ryan Gibson, who made his Yorkshire Second XI debut last season and scored a career-best 88 against the MCC Universities’ side at York; Wakefield-born all-rounder Joshua Shaw – son of former Yorkshire paceman Chris Shaw – who will be 17 on January 3, and Harrogate-born Jonathan Tattersall, 18 on December 15, a right-hand bat and leg-break bowler.
Their inclusion in the squad means that over 50 young Yorkshire players have now been part of England Under-19s squads at various times, including Michael Vaughan, Bresnan and Root.
DAVID WARNER AND HOWARD CLAYTON