By Graham Hardcastle

What a difference a year makes.

Yorkshire coach Andrew Gale knows that as well as anyone.

This time last year, the county’s former captain and their new coach had concerns that things were not quite right amongst his squad, with a few players “going through the paces”.

And his concerns proved to be correct as the 2014 and 2015 county champions, who also had a title challenge in 2016, were a shadow of their former selves and finished just two points above relegation in the Specsavers County Championship.

After the season, the players accepted their failings and vowed to put things right.

Now, on the eve of the new campaign, Gale is far more content with life and confident the White Rose will bloom again in 2018, starting against champions Essex at Emerald Headingley this Friday.

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