Andrew Gale was pleased with the efforts shown by his players as they showed grit and determination on a difficult day at The Kia Oval. Surrey ended the day on 572 for 4 with 18-year-old Dominic Sibley 220 not out.
“I thought we stuck at the task pretty well,” said Yorkshire skipper Andrew Gale. “The young lad Dominic Sibley played exceptionally well but we’ve dropped him three times and you can’t afford to do that on these sorts of pitches.
“I think Surrey have played well but I don’t think we’ve bowled too badly. It’s a good pitch but I think the heavy roller has taken all the pace out if it even though there’s still a bit there for the spinners.
“On the whole, though, I can’t really knock the lads’ efforts. We’ve tried hard but it just hasn’t happened for us.
Gale also saluted the efforts of batsmen like Sibley and Alex Lees on the day when Graham Hick had said that young Australian batsmen needed to bat long.
“I think it’s fantastic for English cricket,” he said. “The young lad has played out of his skin and that’s what you want to see from young English players coming through. Unfortunately, it’s us who’ve been on the end of it.
“Today we’ve got to fight to save the game. We’re behind the eight ball but I’d back our batters on a pitch like that and we’ve got to make sure we apply ourselves and bat the rest of the overs in the day out.”