In this edition of ‘Yorkshire Informer’ we look ahead to the LV= County Championship match when Yorkshire travel to Edgbaston to face last season’s champions Warwickshire, with Yorkshire’s Director of Cricket Martyn Moxon.
You came so close to beating Somerset in the last match, you must be pleased with the start to the season?
“Although we did not win the game with Somerset in the Championship, we are in a good place and playing some excellent cricket. On our day we are a match for anybody and we are really pleased with the way we have started the season in the four day game. It was particularly pleasing to perform so well against Somerset without Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root.
“Others came in and did really well and we are seeing a new maturity from Adil Rashid whose innings was stunning.”
Next up it is the Champions Warwickshire at Edgbaston, what can you expect?
“We can go to Birmingham full of confidence, but we must be aware that it will need a top class performance against Warwickshire. They are a strong side. It is a very competitive in the division and you have to be on the top of your game. If a side is complacent they will get punished. The game against Somerset showed we are settling down well in the first division. This match coming up will be another good test of how far we have come.”
It is a great shame about the injury sustained by Jack Brooks. He has been in terrific form?
“Jack has been bowling excellently. He is up there with the best bowlers in the country and his discipline approach has certainly got him some rewards this season.
“The fracture to his thumb is a blow. He will miss cricket for the next six weeks. I have no doubt he will return full of optimism.
“It also means another bowler can come in and do a job. Ryan (Sidebottom) and Liam (Plunkett) both missed the Somerset match and with Bres (Tim Bresnan) on England duty we will be reliant on all our bowlers coming back into the team and performing.”
Yorkshire have made two changes from the squad that drew with Somerset last week at Headingley.
Seamer Jack Brooks, who took 4-22 in the second innings of the match, has been ruled out of action for six weeks after fracturing his left thumb. Tim Bresnan has been drafted into the England squad ahead of the first Test Match later this week against New Zealand at Lord’s.
Liam Plunkett returns having been rested for the Somerset game and is joined in the squad, for the first time this season, by pace bowler Moin Ashraf.
Ryan Sidebottom is also set to start having had to pull out of Yorkshire’s last Championship match due to illness.
The starting XI will be named before the toss on Wednesday.