Jason Gillespie says his players are relishing the prospect of coming up against current and former Test stars Kevin Pietersen and Ricky Ponting when Surrey head to Headingley later this week.
Former Australia captain Ponting, an ex-team mate of Gillespie’s, will look to build on a prolific start to life as the Oval club’s overseas player. He has already scored nearly 300 runs in three LV= County Championship matches.
And Pietersen looks set to return to action for the first time in three months following his recovery from a badly bruised right knee.
The England batsman missed the recent series against New Zealand at home and abroad, but is hoping to be fit for next month’s Ashes series.
This would be his only Championship outing before the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10, although England do play a three-day match against Essex at Chelmsford later this month.
“All players want to test themselves against the best, and Ricky and Kevin are two wonderful cricketers,” said coach Gillespie. “Our players are very excited about the opportunity to compete against such quality batsmen.”
Yorkshire sit top of Division One with four wins from eight. And although Surrey have lost six and drawn two of their eight fixtures, Gillespie added: “I think it’s going to make for a great contest. Hopefully we can maintain our standards in the four-day competition.”
The match starts on Friday. It is the last four-day fixture before the break for Twenty20.
To see Yorkshire continue their efforts at the top of the LV= County Championship, get along to Headingley on Friday and throughout the weekend. Tickets start from £10 and are available from the Headingley Ticket Office. Please call 0871 971 1222. Tickets will be available on each day of the match from the Ticket Office located at the Yorkshire Cricket Centre on St Michael’s Lane.