Yorkshire first team coach Jason Gillespie was left frustrated as he watched his Yorkshire side struggle to come to terms with the bat on day two at The Emirates Durham ICG. Resuming their innings on 57-3 after day one, the White Rose had to wait until 4.10pm to get the second day underway due to heavy rain in the Chester-le-Street area.
In 36 overs on the second day of play, Yorkshire were bowled out for 177 with a deficit of 60 runs and Gillespie acknowledged that the players will take responsibility for their disappointing first innings.
“We had 38 overs to bat in pretty good conditions,” said Gillespie
“It can be challenging when you do start a day like that (after a long weather interruption), but there’s no excuses.
“There was some very good bowling and some indifferent shot making. We take absolute responsibility for that. We’ve had a chat in the dressing room, and acknowledged that again it just wasn’t good enough. We have to be better.”
Gillespie revealed that conditions were challenging and praised the excellent bowling display from Durham and England seamer Graham Onions, who took five Yorkshire wickets for just 63 runs from his 19 overs.
“It just looked like we did not seem quite in the whole time,” added Gillespie. “I thought Onions was very good. I thought he bowled with discipline. But we have to find ways of getting through spells, which we nearly did.
“He looked like he was going to come off as he got a wicket with the second last ball of an over. He kept going and picked up a couple more wickets.
“He is a good bowler, and we have to acknowledge that. But I think we could have batted better. A couple of lads contributed to their own downfall, which is something we have to strive to eliminate.
“It’s not a bad lead. Tomorrow is going to be our challenge and how we go about it, what our body language is and attitude too. It’s very important we start well. Whether or not we get wickets is irrelevant, but I want us to have a really good attitude and body language and be strong in the field. Putting that pressure on will create opportunities.”